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The bill, which is expected to sail through more readings before making it to the president’s desk for signature, bars Ukraine’s membership in any military bloc but allows for cooperation with alliances such as NATO.

“The main element of predictability and consistency in Ukraine’s foreign policy is its nonaligned status,’’ Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said.

The legislation is seen as a victory for Yanukovych, who during the presidential campaign this year vowed to put an end to Ukraine’s NATO membership ambitions and mend relations with neighboring Russia.

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