Victor Yushchenko has told reporters in Helsinki Ukraine can ensure its territorial integrity and sovereignty, according to the President`s press-office.

      “Ukraine is a sovereign state and can secure its territorial integrity and sovereignty. We have the Armed Forces, which have performed and will perform this important mission,” he said when asked to comment on yesterday’s statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a live TV phone-in.

      Mr. Yushchenko added: “…on the other hand, if President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is speaking about the guarantees Russia assumed as part of the nuclear disarmament agreement together with the governments of the USA and other countries, then we appreciate that this position is confirmed.”