President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko states that Ukraine’s integration to NATO is not aimed against Russia. He stated at the joint press-conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday.

"Everything that Ukraine does in this direction is not in any way directed at any third country, including Russia," Yushchenko said.

In his turn President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin confirms fears of Russia concerning possible Ukraine’s joining NATO, although, he states that this is the sovereign right of Ukraine.

He has noted that Russia wants to develop friendly relations with all countries of the world, including NATO. But at the same time Putin says that the RF has no intentions to become the member of the North Atlantic Alliance.

Putin has emphasized that Russia has no right to interfere in the inner situation of Ukraine, but at the same time it pays attention of Ukraine that such restrictions of the sovereignty leads to definite consequences.

“It's frightening not just to talk about this, but even to think about, that in response to such deployment, the possibility of such deployments - and one can't theoretically exclude these deployments - that Russia will have to point its warheads at Ukrainian territory," Putin said.


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