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Ukrainian economy minister submits resignation

English.news.cn   2014-08-21 18:56:08

KIEV, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta on Thursday submitted his resignation to parliament over what he called "inability to work with people who adhere to old values."

On his official Facebook page, Sheremeta explained that he has a lot of disagreements with the government over the country's further economic policies.

"Instead of fighting with the yesterday's system, I decided to focus on the work with tomorrow's people who will create the system of the future," he wrote.

The announcement came just one day after the cabinet approved an economist Valery Pyatnitsky as Ukraine's trade representative and deputy economy minister, a nominee that Sheremeta said he will not accept.

Sheremeta's resignation is awaiting parliament's approval.

Sheremeta, 43, a well-known political analyst and founder of the Kiev-Mohyla Business School, was widely considered as a pro-European politician and economic reformer, who concentrates his efforts on deregulation.

From 2008 through 2011, Sheremeta was a fellow of the Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, which advised the Malaysian government on economic reforms.


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MOSCOW, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Russian humanitarian aid convoy for Ukraine's eastern regions is ready to resume its travel, a senior diplomat said Wednesday, a day after Ukraine agreed to ensure safe passage for the convoy in areas controlled by government forces.

"Common understanding of readiness to start the convoy has been registered," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said following a meeting with Laurent Corbaz, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Operations in Europe and Central Asia. Full Story

Ukraine seeks combined IMF aid tranches

KIEV, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Finance Minister Alexandr Shlapak on Wednesday voiced hope that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will consider a possibility of combining the third and fourth tranches of its aid program for Kiev.

"We want to combine the third and fourth tranches. We expect it would be around 2.2 billion U.S. dollars. We hope to receive the aid by the end of the current year," Shlapak told reporters during a media briefing. Full Story

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