Bush, Yanukovych, discussed European and Euro-Atlantic perspectives of Ukraine

17:27, 01 April 2008
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The   Party  of  Regions  supports  Ukraine`s  aspirations?

U.S. President George Bush and Ukraine Party of Regions leader, ex-Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, have discussed  Ukraine`s European and Euro-Atlantic integration at a meeting in Kyiv on Tuesday.

     "The   Party  of  Regions  supports  Ukraine`s  aspirations  toward European  integration,"  Yanukovych`s press service quoted him as saying at the meeting.

     Speaking about  Ukraine`s possible joining NATO, V.Yanukovych informed G.Bush that Ukrainians  are  split  on  the issue and that public opinion polls indicate that a majority of them are against joining the Alliance.

     "Ukraine`s accession to NATO is possible only after Ukraine holds a referendum on this issue," Yanukovych said. "It  was  important for us, the opposition, to express our point of view and be heard. We succeeded in this," he said.

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