The Newly Appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Georgia Presents Credentials to the President of GeorgiaThursday, 23 February 2017 16:29
The newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Georgia, Mr. Ihor Dolhov has presented credentials to the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili.
Following the official ceremony of presenting credentials, the President has held a meeting with Mr. Dolhov and the newly elected Ambassador has extended personal greetings of the President of Ukraine, H.E. Petro Poroshenko to President Margvelashvili.
At the meeting, the current friendly relations between Georgia and Ukraine and the prospects of further enhancing cooperation were discussed. The conversation has also touched upon the strategic partnership between the two countries and the importance of the jointly implemented projects.
The parties have also discussed the existing regional situation and the security issues. Mr. Dolhov has once again affirmed his firm support of Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the country’s non-recognition policy.
As Mr. Dolhov pointed out, as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Georgia, he will spare no effort to further strengthen relations between the two countries.
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met today with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The parties discussed strategic issues pertaining to the relations between the two countries.
It was emphasized during the meeting that Georgia considers Ukraine its regional partner and is committed to deeper political, trade, economic, cultural, tourism, and other directions of cooperation.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Petro Poroshenko discussed European integration and visa liberalization as top priority issues for Georgia and Ukraine, expressing hope that Georgian and Ukrainian citizens will enjoy short-term visa-free travel in the EU as early as 2017.
It was emphasized at the meeting that 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The parties discussed a plan of different events in this format.
During the conversation, the leaders of the two countries reiterated their support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and Ukraine.
The meeting in Davos was attended by Georgia's Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia.
The head of NATO’s mission to Ukraine says that in seeking to adopt the standards of the US-led military alliance by 2020, Kyiv has set itself “a very ambitious goal,” which will involve “a fundamental change in mindsets.”
In an interview with the Kyiv Post, Alexander Vinnikov said the NATO allies want Ukraine “to become a success story,” but says the nation “should make full use of the current window of opportunity to make tangible progress.”
Since Russia launched its war on Ukraine in the Donbas in the spring of 2014, with armed groups supported by Moscow and backed by Russian troops taking over parts of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, the need for sweeping change within Ukraine’s armed forces came into sharp focus.
With Ukraine only able to field around 6,000 combat-ready troops at the onset of the war, a massive volunteer effort came to the rescue and is credited with saving the country in the face of the Kremlin’s aggression. But in the wake of bloody battles and long casualty lists at Ilovaisk, Donetsk airport and Debaltseve, the need for deep reform and modernization away from Soviet-era military standards became undeniable.
After the Ukrainian military’s shortcomings in logistics, manpower and equipment were exposed, NATO increased its support activities in Ukraine to unprecedented levels.
Ukraine’s plan to achieve NATO military standards was made official in September 2015, when President Petro Poroshenko signed the National Defense Doctrine, which states the country’s goal is to make its military NATO-compliant by 2020. The roadmap for reaching those standards, The Strategic Defense Bulletin, was finally unveiled last summer. Ihor Dolhov, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister, told the Kyiv Post earlier this month that the country has a list of some 600 points which require attention.
Up to 2,000 protesters attended a rally in Kyiv on Nov. 27 in support of early parliamentary elections and ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s newly-created political movement, called the Movement of New Forces. Saakashvili resigned as governor of Odesa Oblast on Nov. 7, accusing President Petro Poroshenko of blocking his efforts to reduce corruption in the region’s law enforcement bodies, civil service and customs – a claim denied by the president’s representatives. Saakashvili later announced plans to launch a political party in an effort to come to power and replace Ukraine’s political establishment.
The speakers at the rally drew parallels with their movement and the 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution, which ousted ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, and used EuroMaidan slogans.
The place where the rally was held, the crossing of Hrushevsky Street and Muzeiny Alley, was the scene of violent clashes during the revolution in January 2014. It is also close to the office of Saakashvili’s movement.
“There are so many of us here in this place where citizens took power into their own hands three years ago,” said Denys Brodsky, a former reformist head of the National Civil Service Agency and moderator of the rally. “Right here the nation woke up… Your presence here proves that the Maidan’s cause has not been accomplished. Time is up – the last winter of this parliament is at hand.”
Saakashvili also alluded to Vyacheslav Chornovil, a leader of Ukraine’s 1990s independence movement with whom he had been acquainted, since the rally was held in front of a monument to him.
“We are launching a movement that will change the course of our country’s history,” Saakashvili said. “The oligarchic parliament does not reflect the people’s will, contradicts Ukraine’s national interests and threatens the future of our children.”
He called for changing the electoral law to make it easier for non-oligarchic parties to get into parliament, replacing the discredited Central Election Commission, abolishing parliamentary immunity from prosecution and holding snap parliamentary elections.
“(Those in power) know that a wave is rising that will wipe them from the face of the earth and will release the nation from their tentacles,” Saakashvili said.
He also argued that the fate of both Ukraine and Europe depended on whether the nation got rid of its corrupt elite and carried out reforms.
“Not only Ukraine’s independence is at stake but the freedom of the whole of Europe,” Saakashvili said. “Today Ukraine is an outpost of the free world.
The platform of Saakashvili’s movement, as announced by him, includes “uncompromising reforms, zero tolerance for corruption, a total purge of state institutions, jailing thieves in government, freeing the people and businesses from the regulatory burden, a steep cut in taxes and simplifying tax collection.” Other aspects include “fundamental judicial reform, radical liberalization of the old oligarchic economy, the reform of education, healthcare, and social policy and introducing law and order – at a lightning speed, uncompromisingly and – if necessary – very severely,” he said.
Yulia Marushevska, a Saakashvili ally and ex-head of Odesa Oblast’s customs, also spoke at the protest. She argued that “unfortunately corruption in this country is spearheaded by the president.” President Petro Poroshenko has denied the accusations.
Nazar Nagiev, a veteran of the war with Russia who attended the rally, told the Kyiv Post that “nothing is changing in this country.” “That’s why we decided to support him,” he said. We’re hoping for something new.” He also jokingly suggested sending the whole of the Ukrainian parliament as soldiers to the war zone. “Let them gobble worm-eaten porridge for half a year,” he said. “We, the war veterans, will drive all these scoundrels out.”
The European Union is planning to discuss in December the issue of prolonging sanctions against Russia in connection with Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, President of the European Council Donald Tusk said during the talks with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
Tusk said the EU would continue to discuss ways to ensure full implementation of the Minsk agreements, to be able to reach the actual cease-fire and peace. The president of the European Council added that his role in Europe was to explain to all that Ukraine was a victim of the situation. According to Tusk, Europe must continue to support Ukraine. Read also Poroshenko's office: Anti-Russia sanctions, EU visa-free travel for Ukraine not correlated He said he had suggested to his colleagues to discuss a common strategy in dealing with the situation in October. Tusk expressed hope that as early as this December, the European Council we will be able to continue its policy on the introduction and implementation of sanctions. As UNIAN reported earlier, the EU leaders will review the state of relations with Russia and the opportunity of their improval at the summit to be held October 20-21.
The President of Georgia Congratulates the President of Ukraine on the Occasion of the Independence DayThursday, 25 August 2016 12:05
Allow me to cordially congratulate you on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine. On this notable day, on behalf of the Georgian nation, I would like to express our deepest respect toward the Ukrainian people.
In the modern era full of challenges, Ukraine manages to protect and strengthen its statehood. I would like to highlight that Georgia is, and will further remain the loyal supporter of your country.
I strongly believe that with our joint efforts, Ukraine and Georgia will manage to overcome the existing challenges and will further strengthen their cooperation for the mutual benefit.
Your Excellency, allow me to once again express my deepest respect toward the brotherly Ukrainian nation and wish you peace and prosperity”, - is stated in the official letter of the President of Georgia.
A prominent journalist working for a Ukrainian online investigative newspaper has been killed by a car bomb in central Kiev. Pavel Sheremet, who wrote for Ukrayinska Pravda, was driving to work in the car of the newspaper’s owner on Wednesday morning when it was blown up, an adviser to the interior minister, Anton Gerashchenko, said.
Two witnesses said they had heard a loud blast and saw an explosion from underneath the car, which lay charred in the middle of the street.
“I’m in shock, I don’t know what to say. It is a matter of honour for the police to investigate the case,” said the head of the national police force, Khatia Dekanoidze. “I will personally take charge of the case.”
Ukraine’s prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, posted a message on Facebook saying: “The day has begun with terrible news. The prominent Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed this morning.”
The editor of Ukrainska Pravda, Sevgil Musaieva-Borovyk, told news agencies he thought Sheremet was killed for his “professional activity.”
“Why do they kill journalists in Ukraine? Someone wants to destabilise the situation in the country by doing this,” the editor said.
From her first minutes back on home Ukrainian soil, defiant pilot Nadiya Savchenko showed disdain for Ukraine’s top politicians as well as Russian leaders. At Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport, Savchenko refused to take flowers from Yulia Tymoshenko, her party leader in parliament. At the Presidential Administration, she didn’t thank President Petro Poroshenko for her release, mentioning only her family members and the Ukrainian people. “The people are a great force. Without the people, the politicians wouldn’t have done a thing,” she said with determination and without a hint of gratitude to the head of state.
Poroshenko, who had no doubt hoped to win political points from the successful prisoner exchange, smiled and tried to flatter Savchenko. But standing next to him, she looked sullen and made controversial statements that no doubt left the president feeling uncomfortable. She promised help in getting other Ukrainians free from Russian prisons and to make the Minsk peace agreement work and end Russia’s war. But she also claimed: “We can achieve peace only through war.” After spending over two years in prison in Russia and being subjected to a sham trial on trumped-up murder charges, Savchenko, a 35-year-old military helicopter pilot, has become a symbol of Ukrainian heroism, with her portraits seen on posters and T-shirts.
Her reputation in Ukraine as a brave and bold, built up while she was in prison, means Savchenko, who was elected to parliament in absentia in 2014, is likely to make waves in Ukraine’s political scene. “Savchenko’s return creates many serious problems and challenges for the country, which both those in power and opposition have tended not to speak about so far,” said Taras Berezovets, the head of Kyiv-based Berta Communications political consulting firm.“Savchenko will be a problem for both Poroshenko and Tymoshenko,” added Volodymyr Fesenko, head of Penta political think tank.
Ukraine and Russia have reached a deal to release a jailed Ukrainian pilot, President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday, without elaborating if it would entail a swap for two Russian servicemen convicted by Kiev.
Nadezhda Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years in prison in Russia last month for her alleged role in the deaths of two Russian journalists in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Kiev has insisted that Savchenko is a prisoner of war and should be immediately released. Poroshenko said Tuesday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone call Monday on a formula that will allow Savchenko to be returned. Poroshenko wouldn't elaborate what that is.
"Yesterday's phone conversation was my idea, and judging by the preparation work I think we have agreed on a certain algorithm that would allow Nadezhda's release," Poroshenko said during a news conference in Kiev with the Danish prime minister.
Poroshenko also said he has given orders to the foreign ministry and the justice ministry to "prepare the mechanisms to return Nadezhda Savchenko home as soon as possible."
He would not say, however, when he expected Savchenko to be returned but added that he told Putin that he was ready to send a presidential jet to Russia to take her home.
The Ukrainian president mentioned Monday's conviction of two Russian officers in Kiev, saying that the verdict allows for the swap to go forward.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters earlier that the two presidents talked about Savchenko as well as two Russian officers convicted Monday of waging a war of aggression in Ukraine.
Peskov would not respond to Poroshenko's statement when contacted by the Interfax news agency, but only said that her future was discussed during Monday's call.
Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday approved its speaker, Volodymyr Groysman, as the country’s new prime minister. It paves the way for a new government in the biggest shake-up since the 2014 uprising brought in a pro-Western leadership.
“I will show you what leading a country really means,” Groysman said ahead of the vote, which also finalised the resignation of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. He added that Ukraine must be taken out of crisis, and the path towards integration with Europe secured.
The nomination of Groysman, an ally of President Petro Poroshenko, was approved by 257 MPs, well over the minimum 226 required.