Azarov: Ukraine's participation in Olympics will help British media change opinion on Ukraine

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July 20, 2012, 7:13 p.m. |

A set of Olympic rings are seen standing in front of apartments for athletes during a media opportunity at the Olympic and Paralympic athlete's village in London, Thursday, July 12, 2012. The London Olympics begin on July 27.
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said that Ukraine's participation in the Summer Olympic Games in London will help the British media change their view about Ukraine.

"We will have another opportunity to represent our country at the most important sporting event - the Olympic Games. This is especially important, because the Olympic Games will be held in England - a country where some TV channels spread untruthful and misleading information about Ukraine ahead of Euro 2012. They will have a good opportunity to change their views about our country and tell it to their viewers," he wrote on his page on Facebook on Friday.

He also said that he plans to attend the official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27. He said that this would be a one-day visit to London.

"The program of my visit covers only the day of July 27. In my opinion, we will be returning home late in the evening. Therefore, if I have an opportunity to attend competitions at that time, I will definitely be there," Azarov wrote.

The prime minister wished the members of the Ukrainian Olympic team success and victory. 

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Charles Spencer July 20, 2012, 7:48 p.m.    

This man is a complete fool if he thinks what is wrote on here will happen. Granted a lot of the racist things wrote was un-true, I said oh here they where not true....but their views on the UKRAINE GOVERNMENT is how they conduct themselves...LITTLE RUSSIA is how you are viewed.

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from eu July 20, 2012, 8:56 p.m.    

in the west the opinion on ukraine and the ukrainian people is very high,is the opinion on ukraine government is very bad,also postponing for the second year the ratification agreement with eu,now worldwide know that janucovich don't want eu,he prefere the lukashenka position, ukraine moscow oblast and ukrainian people putin slaves,but janucovich president for all life

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AL BALA July 21, 2012, 7:12 p.m.    

U.S. and Europe agreed on sanctions against Ukraine

However, currently these cases have a systemic nature that gives rise to many doubts that Ukraine seeks to achieve common European values.

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