Ukraine does not pay, Belarus ratifies

At his first press conference in Minsk on August 18 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Belarus Roman Byassmertny said that Ukraine is not going to pay the old "Soviet" debt and opposes binding issue debt with the ratification of the Treaty on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.

"The Ukrainian side does not see the possibility to answer for something that belonged to the former Soviet Union and businesses that currently do not exist. Therefore, the parties also an ongoing discussion, consultation. It will be possible to find some acceptable formula — let's wait, "- said Byassmertny.

During the collapse of the Soviet Union Belarusian companies supplying products to Ukraine, which has not been paid. Belarus believes that the debt must pay the Ukraine and Kiev said that he was educated in the Soviet period, the enterprises "national importance" and therefore not payable. The total amount of debt, the Belarusian side is 134 million dollars.

"The Belarusian side ties so-called debt issue with the question of the border. That is the main obstacle to the exchange of the instruments of ratification of the state border, "- said the Ukrainian ambassador.

Recall that at the end of last year, it seemed that this chronic problem of coming to a final decision. In November 2009and after the visit of Alexander Lukashenko in Kiev President of Belarus said that Belarus and Ukraine removed all the problematic issues in their relationship and have completed the formation of the legal framework, which consists of 70 documents. Lukashenko and Yushchenko agreed then that the decision to send the treaty on the state border with Ukraine on ratification in parliament of Belarus. As a result, both houses of the Belarusian parliament ratified the treaty on the state border. To document came into force, it must be signed by the President of Belarus.

Yesterday's statement by the Ukrainian ambassador shows that in fact the parties have failed to appease all the questions. It is possible that this is due to new aspects of Ukraine's foreign policy after the coming to power of Viktor Yanukovych.

The last months of his presidency, Viktor Yushchenko is often met with Alexander Lukashenko and made improving relations with Belarus strategic task. Viktor Yanukovych, in contrast to Yushchenko, is much more favorable to Russia, perhaps, does not want to irritate Moscow too close friendship with Lukashenko.


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