Regnum reports on statements made by Ukraine’s President, Victor Yanukovych, in which he visualizes Ukraine becoming a link between the East and the West as a result of an impending trade deal with the European Union.
Yanukovych: Russia and the EU are giant monsters “and we feel it every day”
Victor Yanukovych, the President of Ukraine, calls the European Union and Russia “monsters”, stating that Kiev will never compare the processes of integration in these areas. The head of the government stated this during the tenth Yalta Annual Meeting today, September 20th, reports Regnum IA.
“I would say that Ukraine is located between two big monsters, the European Union and Russia. And we feel it every day. We cannot ignore or take this situation lightly, therefore, I am very thankful to our partners from the EU and Russia for their understanding of this issue. That is why we did not want, do not want, and never will compare processes of integration of the West to the East. We want to unify them…and Ukraine is confidently going on this path through modernization, through the creation of conditions for the administration of business and the removal of those barriers that are present in questions of trade. So that this process more closely unites us all and so that we would actually create a common economic space from Vancouver to Vladivostok” said the head of government.
At the same time, in Yanukovych’s words, the effectiveness of Ukraine’s cooperation with the European Union depends on how much success there is in building filial relations. “I would like to wish all of us together the assured construction of a Big Europe. Ukraine will play its part. However, a lot will depend on how well these filial relations will work. We expect that they will be effective”, he said.