President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych believes that European integration of Ukraine is not an end in itself, but a way of implementation of the European standards in the state.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this in an interview to Polish journalists.

He reminded that this year Ukraine is about to sign a treaty on forming of a free trade zone with the European Union and fulfill “Road Map” on implementing of visa free regime for Ukrainians.

V. Yanukovych rejected accusations that improvement of Ukrainian-Russian relations harms relations with the European Union.

“Our policy is directed to protection of our national interests. We do not live in a fairy tale and understand that our partners also defend their interests”, he said.