Victor Yanukovych

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Kiev protesters forget about EU

Sergey Slobodchuk, Director of the Slobodchuk and Partners: Politics, PR, Elections Company, said that association with the EU was only a motive for the mass protests at the Maidan Square in late November 2013. He noted that Ukrainian authorities had made a key mistake by using Berkut special units for a crackdown of peaceful protests.

Ukrainian opposition wants talks with president

Vitaly Klichko, leader of the UDAR Party of Ukraine, demanded that President Victor Yanukovych speak with the opposition, Interfax reports.Yanukovych appointed Andrey Klyuyev, Secretary of the National Security Council, as Head of the working group for settlement of the political crisis. Klichko said that Klyuyev was personally responsible for the violent crackdown the police organized on November 30. The oppositionist warned that talks without Yanukovych may fail and cause escalation of protests.

Ukraine protests escalate

Ukraine protests escalate

Aggressive protesters are clashing with the police protecting government quarters. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, leader of the Fatherland Party, Vitaly Klichko, leader of the UDAR Party, and Oleg Tyagnibok, leader of the radical nationalistic party, urged protesters to ignore provocations.

Ukrainian Cabinet to discuss cooperation with Customs Union

Ukrainian Cabinet to discuss cooperation with Customs Union

The Ukrainian Cabinet will discuss and pass a program for cooperation with members of the Moscow-led Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan) for 2014-2020. Minister for Economic Development and Trade Igor Prasolov will be a rapporteur at …

Russia solves Ukraine’s problems – experts

Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Victor Yanukovych concluded talks in Moscow yesterday. Ukraine got a 30% discount for gas, as well as a Kremlin pledge to purchase Ukrainian government bonds worth $15 billion. Alexey Mukhin, Director of the Center for Political Information, believes that Ukraine won some time and that Russia helped it save face by keeping the Customs Union off the agenda.

Ukraine implements visa-free regime for Turkey

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has signed a decree lifting the visa regime for Turkey, RBC-Ukraine reports.Turks may stay in Ukraine for 60 days at a time or 90 days every 180 days.Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has signed a decree lifting the visa regime for Turkey, RBC-Ukraine reports.

Ukraine ready for talks with Russia

Ukraine ready for talks with Russia

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych said yesterday that his government was ready to start talks with Russia this week, Rosbalt reports.Yanukovych noted that some decisions, such as gas prices, will be decided by the presidents of the two …

EU chief diplomat makes statement on Ukrainian protests

European Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton has spoken out against the violent suppression of pro-EU protesters in Kiev by the Ukrainian police, Georgia Online reports.The crackdown of demonstrators demanding European integration happened on …

Azerbaijani and Ukrainian presidents to focus on energy – expert

Azerbaijani and Ukrainian presidents to focus on energy – expert

Azerbaijani and Ukrainian Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Victor Yanukovych held a closed-door meeting in Kiev. Aliyev arrived in Ukraine yesterday. Vladimir Fesenko, head of the Penta Center for Applied Political Research, emphasized that both leaders are interested in energy cooperation.The expert noted that they needed to determine the routes for Azerbaijani energy exports, solve technological problems and issues of financing such projects. He added that Ukraine could help Azerbaijan realize their energy and infrastructure projects with technologies.Fesenko added that Ukraine was the chair of the OSCE and could, thus, contribute to the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. On the other hand, Ukraine will chair the CIS in 2014. Both Ukraine and Azerbaijan search for a balance of interests in relations with Russia and the West, both want independent and balanced policy. The expert predicts that they will coordinate their foreign policy.He also noted that the situation was complicated and included such problems as the Middle East. Azerbaijan was more interested in settling the Iranian problem, security of Trans-Caucasus. The time of Saakashvili’s rule in Georgia came to an end and the situation needed a common approach to developments in Trans-Caucasus.Azerbaijani and Ukrainian Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Victor Yanukovych held a closed-door meeting in Kiev. Aliyev arrived in Ukraine yesterday. Vladimir Fesenko, head of the Penta Center for Applied Political Research, emphasized that both leaders are interested in energy cooperation.

Yanukovych to make his first state visit to Kazakhstan in 2014

Yanukovych to make his first state visit to Kazakhstan in 2014

A future visit by Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych to Kazakhstan was announced today in Astana at a meeting of the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrisov and Leonid Kozhara.The visit of Yanukovych will take place in 2014. The ministers noted the importance of Yanukovych's visit in the development of bilateral relations.

Turkey may fail to become EU member

Turkey may fail to become EU member

Egemen Bagis, Turkish Minister for European Union and Chief Negotiator, said at the Yalta European Strategy Conference chaired by Presidents Victor Yanukovych (Ukraine) and Dalia Grybauskaite (Lithuania) that Turkey may never become a member of the EU, Kommersant reports.

Georgia honors Ukraine’s independence

Georgia honors Ukraine’s independence

Staff of the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in Georgia, representatives of diasporas and the Georgian publicity laid flowers to the Monument of Taras Shevchenko, marking the upcoming Independence Day of Ukraine, Georgia Online reports.They attended the ceremony of raising the state flag of Ukraine at the new embassy in Vak.

Georgian catholicos-patriarch visits Moscow

Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II is on a visit to Moscow where he described plans to meet President Vladimir Putin and then visit Kiev and Minsk to meet Presidents Victor Yanukovych and Alexander Lukashenko, Georgia Online reports.The patriarch plans to mark the 1025th anniversary of Christianization of Russia on July 23-30.

Ukraine to become observer at Customs Union

 Ukraine will become an observer at the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in late May, RIA Novosti cites Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov.The PM noted that discussions of technical aspects of the process with Kazakhstan and Belarus were almost accomplished. Ukraine will have an office at the Eurasian Economic Commission.Ukraine’ membership in the Customs Union is one of the conditions Gazprom has in order to sell cheaper fuel to Ukraine.

Ukraine wants tie-in to South Stream Pipeline

Ukraine wants tie-in to South Stream Pipeline

 Ukrainian Minister for Energy Eduard Stavitsky has demanded EU leaders to give it access to the South Stream gas Pipeline during a summit in Brussels.He expressed concerns about a bill worth $7 billion Gazprom demands Ukraine to pay and construction of the pipeline.Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych said on Friday that the country was planning to quit the European Energy Community. 

Ukraine lobbies alternate routes for Turkmen gas

Ukraine lobbies alternate routes for Turkmen gas

 Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych said after negotiations with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashkhabad that Ukraine needed gas and will help organize alternate routes for gas to Europe.Tanukovych arrived in Ukraine with a two-day visit. He will discuss trade-economic, energy, construction and scientific cooperation. A joint statement and a package of intergovernmental agreements will be signed. 

Ukrainian president arrives in Ashkhabad

Ukrainian president arrives in Ashkhabad

 Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has arrived in Ashkhabad to meet Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and discuss trade-economic ties, energy, construction and scientific cooperation.A joint declaration and a package of intergovernmental agreements will be signed.The presidents will found a set of facilities in the Lebap Region of Turkmenistan, where Ukraine’s Altcom is involved. The company plans to build an airport in Turkmenabat, railway and car bridges over the Amudaria River between Turkmenabat and Farab.

Ukraine considers joining Customs Union

Ukraine considers joining Customs Union

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych told Komsomolskaya Pravda that Kiev should consider adaption of laws to the norms of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan).The president noted that ideas on the adaptation were to be ready on December 18, 2012, but experts had failed to agree on all aspects of signing agreements with Russia, thus the visit of Yanukovych had been cancelled.

Ukrainian president postpones visit to Russia

Ukrainian president postpones visit to Russia

 Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has postponed his visit to Moscow today to give experts more time for work on documents, Russian presidential assistant Yuri Ushakov said.One of the documents is the cooperation project of Kiev and the Customs Union. Russian and Ukrainian presidents will discuss cooperation in energy, trade and economics, cooperation within the framework of the Customs Union Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.