Azarov to tackle import of luxury goods to Ukraine

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March 12, 2010, 1:33 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Newly appointed Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says he is not ready yet to tell whether any new tax is to be levied in Ukraine, however he claims that the import of luxury goods to Ukraine will be taxed. "Will we levy new taxes? Definitely not," he said in an interview with journalists after a plenary meeting in parliament on Thursday.

However, he stressed that the government would take measures to prevent the import of expensive goods to Ukraine at "dumping prices."

"One won't be able to import Maybachs, Rolls Royces and other luxurious cars to Ukraine at dumping prices - no way," he added.

Azarov also said the government would set import rates for such goods "taking into consideration the catastrophic situation with the national budget."

The prime minister also emphasized the government would try and put the major burden of the crisis on those "who are able to bear it."

Azarov also assured that the government would work to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. However, he did not specify what exact measures to be taken.
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