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UKRAINIAN SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATES POSSIBLE ATTACK ON PREMIER. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) announced on 28 July that it received information "from a Western source" that an assassination attempt was being planned against Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko and it is investigating this report, Interfax-Ukraine reported. The same day, journalist Volodymyr Boyko claimed on NTN television that he has heard from sources close to "the Swedish Embassy" that the assassination attempt might be planned by an organized criminal gang in retaliation for Tymoshenko's attempt to change the ownership of the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant. RK
UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL WELCOMES IRANIAN STATEMENT ON GAS SUPPLIES. National Security and Defense Council Secretary Petro Poroshenko welcomed a statement by Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Hadi Nejad-Husseinian saying that Ukraine has agreed to transit 20 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe. "After some problems with Turkey on exports of Iranian gas to Europe, the agreement will open the doors of Europe to Iranian exports, which is very important for us," Interfax-Ukraine quoted him as saying on 28 July. Ukraine has proposed two routes for a gas pipeline from Iran to Ukraine and on to Europe (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 27 July 2005). RK
RUSSIA HAS NEW MAN IN NAIROBI. President Putin has named Valerii Yegoshkin Russian ambassador to Kenya, replacing Aleksei Ignatev, ITAR-TASS reported on 28 July. Yegoshkin previously worked as ambassador for emergency assignments and participated in negotiations with Ukraine over the Kerch Strait. JAC