President Viktor Yushchenko took part today in an International Forum “Europe-Ukraine”, according to president's press office.
Separately President dwelled on Ukrainian NATO aspirations which to him were based on reasonability of a collective defense model. Here V. Yushchenko also emphasized that in his opinion holding a referendum on the issue would be untimely as the Alliance has not yet made any propositions to Ukraine. He also explained that the question of Ukraine’s membership in NATO was not a true cause of political tensions in the Ukrainian Parliament. “It is not a discussion about NATO. It is a discussion about power," President said.
President also expressed assurance that active efforts in informing Ukrainian citizens on NATO and its policy are crucial. To him about 97% of Ukrainians lack appropriate understanding of the Alliance.
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