The Verkhovna Rada sped up the modernisation of the gas transportation system and the “death of the South Stream” 

The Verkhovna Rada speeds up the modernisation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system which may allow to suspend the construction of the “South Stream.”

246 members of the Parliament voted on the inclusion of the according bill prepared by the Cabinet of Ministers into the daily agenda.

According to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, who reported on this bill in the Rada, Ukraine necessitates significant financial investments in its energy sphere. Continue reading

The Spring Cleaning Government

Enough time has passed since Petro Poroshenko’s inauguration for it to become clear: Arseniy Yatseniuk will remain at his post of Prime Minister.

“Why depose him? He is in his place!” Stated one of the high officials of the President’s Administration not long before the change of government.

And really, it does seem that Arseniy Yarseniuk is in his rightful place.

The current government cannot be compared to the previous one.

It is working under the conditions, in which Ukraine has lost part of its territory and is in the state of military conflict. This conflict is being heated increasingly by the country’s once-main economical partner – Russia.

The latest “friendly” move of the neighbouring state is the demand that Ukraine pay a huge political price for gas, which has resulted in the shutdown of the pipeline and mutual plaints to the Stockholm court.

Taking into account all the events and the difference in weight categories of the two states, Ukraine will have to face difficulties. When evaluating the work of the government, the influence of external factors cannot be ignored. Continue reading

Kyiv refused Moscow’s “gas trap” and is hoping for the Stockholm Court

Brussels – The trilateral talks regarding the solution of the Russian-Ukrainian gas conflict, which is carried out with the involvement of the EU, have hit a dead end. Yet another round of talks in Brussels have ended without any results. The Russian offer of the $100 discount was refused by Kyiv. Meanwhile the EU Commission is counting on finding compromise regarding the loan payments and the gas prices for Ukraine before next Monday. 
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If Russia Stops Financing Terrorists, the Situation in the East of Ukraine Will Be Solved Within One-Two Weeks

May 28th

“If Russia is out of the game, we will solve the situation in the East of Ukraine within a week or two. But while Russia is supporting and financing the terrorists, giving them access to Ukrainian territory – this creates enormous difficulties,” emphasised the Prime Minister of Ukraine at the Energy Security Summit in Berlin this Wednesday, May 28th. 

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A Feeling of Anxiety

Photo from lvivmediaforum.com

Photo from lvivmediaforum.com

Mustafa Nayem

The Party of Regions urgently needs to appoint a new Prime Minister as this is one of the conditions to get the new tranche of the loan from Russia. It is obvious that the new Prime Minister will be approved by everyone inside of the Party. The only thing left is to come to an agreement with the opposition lest it prevents the Parliament from voting and the mood on the Maidan tenses up.

For the opposition, this presents another chance to force the Party of Regions to consider returning the 2004 Constitution. It will to be worse if the Party of regions will resort to blackmail and will sell the voting for the Prime Minister in a package with an ambiguous promise “of a possibility of reverting to the 2004 Constitution” and/or together with, for example, the post of the Rada speaker. Continue reading