"In this climate of global uncertainty and competing geostrategic interests, the connections between Europe and Ukraine are all the more important. Ukraine needs Europe. Just as important, Europe cannot afford to leave Ukraine behind," Yanukovych wrote in an article for The Wall Street Journal published on the newspaper’s Web site.
However, the Ukrainian president said he believes that Ukraine will not be able to achieve this goal alone, and called on "our European friends to support our efforts."
At the same time, the Ukrainian president said that Ukraine’s historical connection to Russia would continue to be very important.