Contents tagged with Politics

  • Saakashvili's ambitions in Ukraine are higher than the position of Prime Minister

    The Governor of Odessa, Mikhail Saakashvili, stated that his ambitions in Ukraine are not limited to the post of Prime Minister.

    According to the politician, his goal is “to establish new rules of the game and to involve a new generation of the political elite.” He also noted in an interview with the Rustavi 2 channel in Georgia that Ukraine is now exploring the same path as Georgia had before the Rose Revolution.

    Saakashvili also noted that he would begin to be more active and start meeting …

  • French and German Foreign Ministers visit Kiev

    On the 22nd of February, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Germany and France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Marc Ayrault, who arrived in Berlin on the same day, flew from the German capital for a two-day visit to Kiev. 

    They flew on board a German governmental plane immediately after a brief meeting and press conference in the departure lounge of the government terminal at the Tegel airport. The negotiating agenda was more than full.

    Firstly, the Special Representative of the OSCE in …

  • Saakashvili may resign as Governor of Odessa

    Mikhail Saakashvili may be dismissed from his post as the Governor of Ukraine's Odessa Oblast (region) at the beginning of March, as reported by  The possibility of his resignation was also made by the Acting Deputy, Alexander Borovik.

    “We are seriously concerned by the political crisis gaining momentum in the country.  We express our criticisms and ask difficult questions, even to the Prime Minister and to the President.  This could cause a severe reaction on their part,” …

  • Yatsenyuk states Poroshenko did not urge him to resign

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in an interview on Ukrainian television on Friday evening, claimed that Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko, did not call for him to resign.

    According to him, Poroshenko called for a reformation of the government in his statement, not his resignation. "Then, the political forces began circulate ideas concerning my resignation," Yatsenyuk said.  The Ukrainian Prime Minister noted that his relationship with the President is really complicated, …

  • Yatsenyuk Given Ultimatum by BPP Faction

    Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has to either establish a Cabinet of Ministers that the Verkhovna Rada would support or resign, as stated by the leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc party in Parliament, Yuriy Lutsenko, after a meeting held by the President, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "In sports terminology, the ball is now in the Prime Minister’s court. Yesterday he formally managed to retain his position, although he lost the support of four of the five factions. That is why …

  • New Mandate in Ukraine Requires all Phone Conversations between Civil Servants and Politicians to be Recorded

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduced a mandate to record all telephone conversations and meetings between Category 1 and 2 civil servants with politicians and business representatives, as announced by the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a government meeting.

    "Recording of phone conversations as well as the personal meetings between political representatives or Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, business entities or their representatives, is now required for all Category 1 and 2 …

  • Jaresko: Ukraine does not have enough money to hold early parliamentary elections

    Ukraine cannot afford to hold early parliamentary elections in 2016, according to the country’s Minister of Finance, Natalie Jaresko.  She discussed this on the 8th of February on the Svoboda Slova program on the ICTV channel.  This was reported by Glavnoe citing Zerkalo Nedeli.

    “There is no money in the Ukrainian budget for holding early elections in 2016.  If we do hold elections, we will have to attract funds from somewhere or something will have to be underfunded,” Jaresko continued.

    She …

  • Abromavičius: The coming weeks are critical for the Ukrainian government

    According to Aivaras Abromavičius, if the Ukrainian government does not take action, then Ukraine will have "not just frozen military conflict in the Donbas, but also frozen economic reforms important for all of Ukraine."

    Abromavičius, who resigned from the post of Minister of Economic Development, said that the Ukrainian government in the coming weeks should make a number of important and difficult decisions necessary for the further development of the country.

    "I was always saying that we …

  • Three Factions Demand Resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister

    The current political crisis in Ukraine is taking place against the backdrop of disputes over the resignation of the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, as stated by Yuriy Lutsenko after a meeting of the Coalition Council.

    “We have a whole parade of opposing statements: on the one hand, the People’s Front delivers ultimatums on Yatsenyuk as the Prime Minister of Ukraine; on the other hand, three other factions do not want to see Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister. Moreover, today’s statement by the …

  • Abromavičius refuses to withdraw resignation

    The Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Aivaras Abromavičius, did not withdraw his resignation after a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

    This was reported by the Press Service of the Ministry. The decision was taken after a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, in which several ministers withdrew their applications of resignation.

    On Thursday, Abromavičius met with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk as well as other ministers where they discussed issues related …