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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT'S NOMINEE DISCUSSES NEW CABINET WITH LAWMAKERS... Anatoliy Kinakh, who was proposed by President Leonid Kuchma as a candidate to head Ukraine's government, is conducting consultations with parliamentary groups, Interfax reported on 24 May. The previous day Kinakh spoke with the Ukraine's Regions and Labor Ukraine caucuses, and commented later that the consultations were held in a "very constructive and professional atmosphere." Kinakh was expected to meet on 24 May with the Democratic Union, Greens, Yabluko, and Solidarnist deputy groups. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Popular Rukh (Kostenko's wing) has called on the Popular Rukh of Ukraine (Udovenko's wing), Fatherland Party, and Reforms-Congress parliamentary groups as well as on nonaligned legislators not to participate in the formation of a new cabinet. The parliament will vote on Kinakh's approval on 29 May. JM

MOSCOW AGAIN THREATENS DUTIES ON UKRAINIAN PIPES. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on 23 May signed a decree establishing the procedure for imposing a special import duty on metal pipes made in Ukraine, but ITAR-TASS reported that the Russian government will not impose the duties if Moscow and Kyiv are able to find a way to preclude what the Russian authorities view as dumping. PG