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Yanukovych: Ukraine will remain a neutral state

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Jan. 7, 2010, 2:33 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Victor Yanukovych

The leader of the Regions Party and presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych has said that Ukraine will remain a neutral state and will not join any alliances.

"It's certain that Ukraine was and will be non-aligned state... We strive neither to join NATO nor the [CIS]CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization]. We'll maintain a neutral status," Yanukovych said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine newspaper.

He said that Ukraine is ready to consider an initiative by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the creation of a new Europe collective security system.

Yanukovych also said that if he wins the presidential election, Ukraine would continue developing its plans to join the EU, although this would depend on develpment and reform inside the country. Commenting on relations with Russia and other CIS states, he said that Ukraine would consider the joining the common economic space on a "three plus one" and WTO (the World Trade Organization) principle.

"In addition, Ukraine should become a reliable partner in gas relations with Russia and the European Union, as I'm considering the prospect of creating a gas transport consortium between the market players – Ukraine, Russia and the European Union – as one of the points of a project for Ukraine's modernization," Yanukovych said.

He again said that the gas agreement signed between Kyiv and Moscow in 2009 was very unprofitable for Ukraine.

"Of course, after election I'll initiate the discussion of the most urgent gas issues," he said, adding that the only one approach should be used in gas talks – the price of gas and the level of transit fees should be fair.
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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2010, 3:46 p.m.    

A good policy worthy of support.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2010, 10:05 p.m.    

For that to be true we'll have to rent Odessa to the US Navy, and Ochakiv to the Chinese. For good measure lets rent Poltava to the French Force de Frappe, and Lviw to the Bundeswehr. Maybe the British would like Mykolaiiv? Maybe Iran wants to rent Zaporizhia?

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2010, 10:55 p.m.    

Sometimes I think there is a real benefit for Ukraine to be a nuetral state. Financially, it could be good for Ukraine, by attracting investments from all over the world. However, they need to change their corrupt ways, improve democracy and the free press...something that will not happen under Yanu.

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Anonymous Jan. 8, 2010, 7:51 p.m.    

Yanukovych is true Ukraine patriot, unlike the orange US quisling Yushchenko. Finally the destitute Ukraine people will get worthy leader. He may even negotiate with the Russian town Sevastopol a treaty for mutual help in case of yet another Gruzian genocidal attack on their neighbors.

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