expected further debacle over the controversial language law elevating the
status of Russia and a possible firing of parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn,
who until recently refused to sign the bill.
day was focused on economic issues. The pro-presidential majority approved a Hr
231 million ($28 million) increase in spending on heat insulation,
significantly raised the threshold of state guarantees on external loans, and
passed other economic bills.
also ratified a free trade zone agreement with the Moscow-led Commonwealth of