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German politician: Germany will not change its policy towards Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 16:42

German politician: Germany will not change its policy towards Ukraine

German politician: Germany will not change its policy towards Ukraine

After the elections to the Bundestag the German policy towards Ukraine will remain unchanged, German politician Andreas Umland told ForUm correspondent in exclusive comments.
“This is a historic election because the alliance of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (Bavaria) came close to achieving an absolute majority in the Bundestag (only once reached in the 1950s, under Adenauer),” he said.
Also, according to the expert, it is notable that the Free Democratic Party is not in the Bundestag for the first time since 1949/ And the Left party, a successor organization of the East German communist Socialist Unity Party (SED), became the third largest faction in the Bundestag and seems to have thus established itself as a permanent part of the German party system (something not foreseen by many, some 15 years ago).
“I do not expect important changes in Germany’s foreign policies – in spite of the fact that there will be a new Minister of Foreign Affairs. All parties are pro-EU and the possible coalition partners of the CDU/CSU, which will probably get the foreign ministry, do not have positions on Ukraine radically different from the FDP,” Umland said.
“The one interesting thing to observe will be whether and how far the Russia policy of the SPD has changed, and how the probable new SPD foreign minister will be behaving in the dispute, between Russia and the EU, about Ukraine’s future. Will the SPD continue the Schroeder tradition of German special relations with Russia, or take a more distanced or even critical stance towards the Kremlin? I would expect some discontinuity in as far as Russia’s reputation in Germany has significantly decreased over the last four years. However, a statement by Peer Steinbrueck during the electoral campaign indicated continuity rather than change. Thus it remains open whether and how much Germany’s Russia policy will change,” he summed up.

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Medvedev tells Ukraine: You cannot sit on two chairs

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 16:17

Medvedev tells Ukraine: You cannot sit on two chairs

Medvedev tells Ukraine: You cannot sit on two chairs

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that if Ukraine signs the Association Agreement with the European Union, the special partner mode between Kyiv and Moscow will be over.
“Let them sell their products to Europe, let them try to sell,” he said.
Medvedev noted that if the Association Agreement is signed, then the leadership of this country “should not lie to people”.
“Good and quality goods from Europe will come to the Ukrainian market and then to us. And we will use all opportunities that are available and that we should use within the WTO against the European and Ukrainian goods,” he stressed.
Medvedev noted that the desire to join the European Union is a sovereign decision of Ukraine. At the same time, the Ukrainian government says that it will intend to strengthen relations with the Customs Union, if only it is not contrary to the Association Agreement, the Prime Minister said.
“Finally, they have said this openly but this means that Ukraine has no chances to develop relations with the Customs Union,” he added.
“Do not deceive the people! You cannot sit on two chairs,” he said.

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Prysiazhniuk: Ukraine interested in beef supply to China

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 15:53

Prysiazhniuk: Ukraine interested in beef supply to China

Prysiazhniuk: Ukraine interested in beef supply to China

China can become a strategic sales market for Ukraine. So, sunflower oil, sugar and animal products can be exported to China. Expansion of the list of agricultural products that can be delivered to China will help to ensure that the share of domestic agricultural products in total trade with China will reach 20-25%, agricultural policy and food minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk stated in Beijing.
He also said that today Ukraine produces agricultural products by 2.5-3 times more than consumes. So we have all resources to increase our export potential, as well as to play an important role in addressing the global problem of food shortages. And China is ready to join it.

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German Ambassador: Europe wants to preserve Ukrainian-Russian relations

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 15:26

German Ambassador: Europe wants to preserve Ukrainian-Russian relations

German Ambassador: Europe wants to preserve Ukrainian-Russian relations

The signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union will probably become the most ambitious investment program for the Ukrainian state, Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine Christopher Weil said ForUm correspondent in exclusive comments during the 10th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES).
“The signing of the Association Agreement may become the most ambitious investment program for the Ukrainian state. Foreign investments will help to develop the Ukrainian economy and make it more competitive. The signing of the agreement will also help to eliminate customs barriers,” he said.
However, he noted that he sees no contradictions between Ukraine’s signing of the Association Agreement and its relations with the Russian Federation.
“I would like to see that good Ukrainian-Russian relations are preserved, because Russia is an important trading partner for Ukraine. At the same time, both parties should be interested in good relations. Moscow has to make advances and realize that it may be also interested in the transformation of the Ukrainian economy,” he said.

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EU to protect Ukraine from Russian pressure, MEP assures

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 15:04

EU to protect Ukraine from Russian pressure, MEP assures

EU to protect Ukraine from Russian pressure, MEP assures

The European market has more economic opportunities for Ukraine than Russian, chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok said during the 10th annual meeting “Yalta European Strategy” (YES) to ForUm correspondent in exclusive comments.
“In my opinion, the European market is much more interesting than Russian,” he said.
Brok also said that Ukrainians have to take decisions on European integration on their own, despite the economic pressure from Russia, because Europe will be able to defend Ukraine in case of new trade wars.
“Each country is free to choose with whom to cooperate. This decision should be taken in Kyiv but not in Moscow. At the same time, we are interested in good relations between your countries,” the MEP said.

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Azarov sees no link between AA signing and talks on IMF loan

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 14:44

Azarov sees no link between AA signing and talks on IMF loan

Azarov sees no link between AA signing and talks on IMF loan

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov excludes the link between the possible signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union and the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund on raising loan to Ukraine. 
He said this in an interview with the Russian TV channel “Russia 24”.
“It’s all empty talks. The signing of the agreement will not affect our negotiations with the International Monetary Fund,” Azarov said, responding to a question about whether there is a link between the Association Agreement with the EU and the negotiations with the IMF. 
He noted that the IMF is an independent financial organization that is guided by its own criteria.
The PM added that the negotiations do not stop at the technical level.
“We expect that certain changes in the IMF position should come,” Azarov continued.

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Poland may simplify visa regime with Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 14:24

Poland may simplify visa regime with Ukraine

Poland may simplify visa regime with Ukraine

Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski believes that it is possible to simplify the visa regime with Ukraine after the signing of the Association Agreement, he said ForUm correspondent in exclusive comments during the 10th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES).
“We hope the simplification of visa regime to become the next step. The largest number of Polish consulates in Europe is located in Ukraine. At the same time, a half of all Schengen visas, which Poland gives, is issued to your state,” he said.
He spoke positively about the prospects of Ukraine in the European Economic Space, but noted that our country will also have to face a number of difficulties.
“Customs borders will open, and Ukraine will have to face many difficulties in the short term. It will hit the country’s budget. But it also means that your state will have more opportunities to export products to Europe,” Sikorski said.
In addition, he noted that trade liberalization may not please many owners of monopolies.
Sikorski also said that Ukraine’s cooperation with Russia will get better in due course. “Ukraine is very important for Russia in economic terms, which explains the desire of Russia to arrange food wars with Ukraine as with Georgia. But I think that after the signing of the agreement in Vilnius, the situation may change. Not immediately, it needs time. For example, we had the same situation with Russia. The trade volumes with Russia increased after our accession to the EU,” the minister said.

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Former Italian PM sure of signing EU-Ukraine AA

Posted by the Editor on September 23, 2013


News / 23 September 2013 | 13:59

Former Italian PM sure of signing EU-Ukraine AA

Former Italian PM sure of signing EU-Ukraine AA

Signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Vilnius will be successful, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said in exclusive comments to ForUm correspondent during the Yalta European Strategy 10th annual meeting.
“I hope that the process of convergence with the European Union will accelerate. It is important that preparations are thorough and structured. If all of the conditions set for Ukraine are implemented, the process will pass without any difficulties,” he said.
At the same time, according to the former prime minister, Europe, together with Ukraine will try to change the position of the Russian Federation on the process of European integration.
“Now Europe needs to bring to Russia that the process of European integration of Ukraine is natural, and it does not have an aggressive nature,” Monti said.

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