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Oct. 12, 2009, 1:07 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has appointed new Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko to the National Security and Defense Council. Yushchenko signed a relevant decree on Monday on amendments to his decree on the composition of the National Security and Defense Council.

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, approved Poroshenko's appointment as Ukraine's new foreign minister on October 9.
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Anonymous Oct. 12, 2009, 3:27 p.m.    

Poroshenko will not remain in office for too long. come January 17 Yushchenko will no longer be president and who ever wins the next Presidential election will get to appoint a new Foreign Minister. Perhaps Poroshenko's appointment is a pay off in exchange for Poroshenko funding Yushenko's nomination deposit for the 2010 presidential election. Money that he is sure to lose.

Lets not forget that Poroshenko was the catalysts for the collapse of the Oragane revolution. At first our Ukraine tried to bumo Yulia Tymsohenko from the Prime Ministers position when that failed they then tried deny Olexander Moroz the position of parliamentary Speaker and appoint Poroshenko instead. This decision was beginning of the end of the revolution and the collapse of the Orange coalition.

Poroshenko has a checked career. Read Taras Kuzio's comments dated August 3, 2005 published by the Jamestown foundation - very telling indeed.

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Anonymous Oct. 12, 2009, 3:30 p.m.    

Tymoshenko's dislike for Lytvyn is magnified by her equal dislike for Petro Poroshenko, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, who acts as Lytvyn's lobbyist within the Yushchenko camp. Their enmity has only grown since the release of an audiotape secretly made in Kuchma's office by former presidential guard Mykola Melnychenko.

Poroshenko denied the authenticity of the tape and, in his usual fashion (see EDM, July 27), claimed it was part of a "konspiratsiya" by former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who funded the transcription of the Melnychenko tapes. Poroshenko claimed that Berezovsky is working with Kuchma to divide the Yushchenko coalition (Ukrayinska pravda, July 7 and 21).

The tape recorded a conversation between Poroshenko and Kuchma on July 7, 2000, and contains two unpleasant moments. First, Poroshenko swears his loyalty to Kuchma: "I am a member of your team! I will obey any of your orders!" Poroshenko declares.

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Anonymous Oct. 12, 2009, 3:35 p.m.    

ources close to Zinchenko have told Jamestown that a key factor propelling Zinchenko into action was the fear that Poroshenko and his allies would attempt to remove Prime Minister Tymoshenko. Poroshenko is known to covet the prime minister's job and was visibly unhappy at being denied this position in the new government. Zinchenko apparently feared that removing Tymoshenko would badly split the Yushchenko camp and decided to act (Ukrayinska pravda, September 5).

Besides Poroshenko, Zinchenko also targeted Yushchenko adviser Oleksandr Tretyakov and the head of the Our Ukraine parliamentary faction, Mykola Martynenko. All three were, he claimed, "cynically undertaking their plans to utilize themselves being in power for their own aims" (Ukrayinska pravda, September 5).

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Anonymous Oct. 12, 2009, 3:37 p.m.    

Zinchenko accused all three of corrupt dealings and claimed that they had ignored Yushchenko's election promise to separate business from politics.

- September 2005 Jamestown.

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