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Thursday, October 25, 2007

'Nader Raider' Comes Out of the Closet

Yanukovych tackles the triple-digit sunflower oil price hike:

What, have they lost shame — our so-called exporters — or lost their morals? If they waged war on our consumers, on our citizens, lets shut down exports — totally!


Anonymous said...

I am sure that this is not the mien PM Yanukovych presented to Colin Powell when they met yesterday
and PM spoke some words in english

nor when he spoke to William Taylor
about "bilateral cooperation with USA, primarily in the trade-economic sphere"


Taras said...

It says here that Viktor Yanukovych pulled off a few words of English at his meeting with Colin Powell:)! Bravo!

I can’t believe they’re on speaking terms, since it was Powell who reportedly cold-called Kuchma on Nov. 28, 2004, warning him against the Tiananmen-style crackdown in the making. Given this bad blood — or should we say, unshed blood — I thought that "love at first sight" would be out of the question.

Anyway, thou shalt not miss Yanukovych’s English!:) I hope the video will be available soon;)!

Anonymous said...

I do not who set up the mtgs for Powell but he also met with Tymoshenko
/news/first/4800/and if he met with Yushchenko I saw no news that reported that. As a visiting dignitary he met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine who at that moment is Yanukovych. And rightly so that he should have met with the PM of Ukraine and I wish there was youtube coverage but do not think so - maybe such is avail. on PoR website or will show up in future advertising should Yanukovych run for Pres. I would not call it love st first sight.


Anonymous said...

Yep - Powell also met with Pres. Yushchenko - came across the following -

Powell had 'friendly' talks with Yushchenko and Yanukovych


Taras said...

You’re right. Yanukovych and Powell had a protocol meeting, and I just wanted to supply the historical background.

I forgot to say that I respect Powell for his pro-recognition stance on Ukraine, as head of the JCS in 1991

Let's keep our fingers crossed for the video to hit the Web;)!

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that the price increases can be tied to inc. in social payments but ...



Hands off the market

by Editorial , Kyiv Post
Oct 31 2007, 21:32

Prime Minster Viktor Yanukovych’s stern warning to sunflower oil exporters last week suggests that his government is incapable of learning from past mistakes.

Instead of recognizing that inflation is to be expected when social payments are increased just before elections, Yanukovych’s Party of Regions has looked to pin inflation on business and political opponents.

Ukraine is the world’s second largest sunflower oil producer after Russia. Export restrictions on this staple are not a solution to higher prices because they ultimately create additional problems. The last time the Yanukovych government imposed export restrictions (on grain last year), farmers were hit the worst, as they were unable to fetch the best prices for their produce.

Multinational traders also incurred hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. Farmers unable to secure higher revenues will be unable to reinvest into their operations. Furthermore, the international business community will have additional proof that Ukraine is unpredictable and chaotic – an image the country’s detractors would like to promote.

As we have emphasized in the past: Soviet-style management of the economy is bad for business, bad for the market, bad for the country and bad for the farmers. The Ukrainian government needs to be told again and again: Stay out of the market.