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Yanukovych: Ukraine needs to be Western-oriented to achieve European standards of living

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Jan. 12, 2010, 10:34 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Presidential candidate and leader of the Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych

Partnership with Western countries does not hamper but helps Ukraine in its efforts to create better standards of living for Ukrainians, presidential candidate and leader of the Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych said. "I can unequivocally say that our relations with the West are doing no harm to us. For us it is a guide in both social and technical standards that we should strive for in creating a European life level in Ukraine," he said on the Dnipropetrovsk television on Tuesday.

Ukraine must build partnerships and mutually beneficial relations with Europe, Yanukovych said.

This involves creating a free trade zone, which is of interest to Ukraine, and visa-free travel between Ukraine and the EU countries, he added.

"Our policy must convince our partners both in the East and West to treat us with respect," he said.

Once acceptable standards have been met, Ukraine can consider the time for joining the EU, Yanukovych said.

"I think when the time comes and we achieve those standards that currently exist in Europe, the question will arise where we should be and then we will give an answer to it. But today this is an absolutely motivating, stimulating process we must aspire to," Yanukovych said.
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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2010, 11:29 p.m.    

Interesting.

Just how did Yanukovich acquire his 'standard of living' I wonder?

Just love the new western PR machine Victor...

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2010, 12:10 a.m.    

Ukraine needs to adopt EU standards and EU values and EU models of governance. To this extent it can only do so if Ukraine embraces a parliamentary system of governance. In 2007 the Parliamentary Assemble of the Council of Europe in its report on Ukraine's democratic institutions stated ""It would be better for the country to switch to a full parliamentary system with proper checks and balances and guarantees of parliamentary opposition and competition."

25 out of 27 EU sates are parliamentary democracies.

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2010, 5:39 a.m.    

See, Yanukovich is pragmatic about relations with western and eastern neighbors. We have so much trade with the EU that relations will continue to develop. And with Euro 2012 coming up, there will be no turning away from the west, just less tension with Russia.

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2010, 5:42 a.m.    

No Ukraine will not acheie western living standard. The west will decline to Ukraine living standard very soon. God bless multiculturalism , Islam will dominate

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2010, 10:21 a.m.    

Exactly what do the mean by the term west? Europe or America? The two are not one and the same.

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2010, 10:37 a.m.    

Once this round of elections are over Ukraine will have a chance to reconsider its future and seriously debate its direction. Europe and a parliamentary democratic state or Authoritarian autocratic presidential rule and continued political division and crisis.

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2010, 11 p.m.    

Somehow I don't believe Mr. Yanukovych's views that Ukraine needs to be "Western Oriented." The moment Mr. Yanukovych is elected, his first call will be to Mr. Putin to get directions on what to do next. What is it the people of Ukraine do not see?

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