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Yanukovych: EU integration a factor that unites Ukrainians

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June 21, 2011, 3:06 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
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Strasbourg, June 21 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said that European integration is a factor that unites the country. "European integration remains an unconditional and unchanged priority in Ukraine's domestic and foreign policy. The idea of European integration has actually united the Ukrainian society," he said at a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Yanukovych said that opposition members, pro-government politicians, and most Ukrainians supported the country's EU integration aspirations.

"Such a unifying factor is the highest value for me as president of Ukraine," he said.
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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 3:37 p.m.    

Unfortunately for Yanukovych EU integration has concepts of freedom of speech, freedom of press, democracy, freedom of choice and a judicial system that can not be used for false political prosecution and for personal gains.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 5:01 p.m.    

That's why he made a deal with China - Ukraine needs the money, and China really doesn't care about human rights.

The old sovok motto is seen in action every day in Ukraine/Firtashia:

&quot;think one thing, say another, do a third&quot;

&quot;Money from China makes Ukraine go round&quot;

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 4:40 p.m.    

The Nerd is doing exactly what he always does and that is making a fool of himself. Yes, in one hand he feels that Ukrainians support European integration but , in the other hand he is causing Ukrainians to be divided by signing an illegal law that allowed the red flag to fly next the official flag of Ukraine. Ukrainian society is more divided now that it ever has been in the past and Yanuk is responsible for the division which exists in Ukraine. In other words, there is no unifying factor that exist for which Yanuk to be proud of as president of the Ukraine.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 6:06 p.m.    

Idiot! Not long ago, he was shouting for us to unite with Russia! Him and his POR didn't even support some of the EU intergration reforms initiated under the previous administration. You really have to question his change of heart and motives.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 8:23 p.m.    

Mostly united toward EU integration despite Yanukovych's attempts to create disunity and discord.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 9:33 p.m.    

No doubt that integration with the EU would be good for Ukraine, it would force this govt to clean up some of its corruption which I don't see happening.

Even enacting some free trade rules would still force this govt to clean up its judicial system, which again, I don't see happening.

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Anonymous June 22, 2011, 3:19 a.m.    

THe EU needs to clean up Spain, Greece, Ireland and Portugal first

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