Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych
President: Our country not ready to join NATO, but we must develop our partnership
Our country is not ready to join NATO, however, we certainly must develop partnerships relations with the Alliance, said President Yanukovych in Lviv in the interview to journalists.
"If we speak about membership in NATO, today it is impossible for our country. According to NATO standards, we must have positive opinion of overwhelming majority of the people," stressed President Yanukovych adding that it is well understood in NATO itself. “So for now we envision our relationship as partnership. Ukraine cannot go some other way because it is a large state and it must cooperate with such bloc as NATO,” – he said.
According to Viktor Yanukovych, there is a new bill on the foundations of domestic and foreign policy of Ukraine is being prepared now, which would correspond with the mood of the majority of citizens. "We will be conducting the policy that suits the Ukrainian people," said the President.
Viktor Yanukovych once again repeated that Ukraine will be conducting an open policy of non-aligned state. He also said that our country will be taking active part in collective security system in Europe.