Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko urges the politicians to unite efforts to overcome the global financial crisis. The Head of Government said today at a meeting with heads of regional councils, Government portal reported.

Yulia Tymoshenko has denied claims that in the system of global financial crisis Ukraine is in the worst condition, “According to its indices, Ukraine is in the centre of crisis phenomena, as against countries of the world”.

Thus, according to Yulia Tymoshenko, the industrial production rates in January 2009 against December 2008 in Kazakhstan totaled minus 10.4%, Russia – minus 19.9%, Ukraine – minus 16.1%; the processing industry: Kazakhstan – minus 21.6%, Russia – minus 32.7%, Ukraine – minus – 22.4%. Yulia Tymoshenko also noted that among other countries Ukraine is also in the middle according to the inflation processes: in Russia the January 2009 inflation against December 2008 totaled 2.4%, in Belarus – 4.1%, in Ukraine – 2.9%. 

The Prime Minister pointed out, the positive is the fact that when by the end of 2008 the majority of countries faced recession, Ukraine had a positive GDP rate in 2008 – 2.1%.

The Prime Minister is confident that the system of fighting the crisis is hampered by the fact that Ukraine is damped by the political disagreements and unstable events. “I would like that against these challenges we had courage not to hysterically criticize each other, not to rejoice in the lobby that somebody is in power and somebody is in opposition, we should understand that Ukraine will outlive this challenging time only conjointly,” Yulia Tymoshenko stressed.   

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