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In his
usual combative style, Azarov said high corruption in Ukraine is more of a
stereotype than a real problem. He also said that some issues causing
international concern, such as rollbacks involving freedom of speech, are
overblown. He also said solutions offered to Ukraine by the international
community, are also too stereotypical.

“We managed
to crawl out [of the economic crisis] because we broke stereotypes and went our
own way,” he said at the Yalta European Strategy forum in Crimea on Sept. 15.

Azarov told
a distinguished audience of international experts, diplomats and businessmen
that Ukraine is taking its own path and finding its own solutions in reforming
its economy — and its working. He said Ukraine managed to crawl out of the
2008 economic crisis because it did not take advice to tighten the belt and
stop spending, but instead raised wages, went ahead with vast spending for
infrastructure and other upgrades ahead of the Euro 2012 football championship,
and was better off for it.

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