Collective security model of Europe protects sovereignty - Yushchenko

10:12, 12 February 2009
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President gives interview to Deutsche Press-Agentur

President Victor Yushchenko gave an interview to German agency Deutsche Press-Agentur on Wednesday, according to the President`s press-office. Main subjects for the interview became state of Ukrainian economy in the crisis, European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, security policy of our state, etc.

President Yushchenko pointed to great progress in Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine and expressed assurance that “we would finally come to ideology of collective security”. “The collective security model of Europe protects the concept of state sovereignty. There is one principle that NATO has – threat to sovereignty of one is the threat to sovereignty of all”.

The President added that the decision on Ukraine’s membership would be taken based on the opinion of Ukrainian citizens. “This is not just a formal decision. It has to be in the hearts of 47 million people.” – he said.

Answering the question whether he plans to take part in the next presidential election in Ukraine, President Yushchenko said that it is to early to speak about that.  “Every politician who wishes good to his country has no right to put presidency on his agenda as number one priority”.

As main achievements of last four years President Yushchenko named progress in establishment of political freedoms and advance on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

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