Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko states that Ukraine intends to be an active actor of the European collective security system, she was speaking at a forum of political, business and scientific elite of Japan, UKRINFORM reported.

According to her, Ukraine cannot be outside all systems of collective security and it has clearly stated an intention to be an active participant in this process. Tymoshenko noted that Ukraine quite fruitfully cooperates with NATO, implements joint programs successfully.

The Prime Minister reminded that Ukraine's top officials have recently sent a letter to NATO's leadership on Ukraine's joining the NATO Membership Action Plan. “Ukraine is trying to near to NATO, however, there are some obstacles on this way that are not easy to overcome,” she stressed.

The Ukrainian Premier also noted that all Ukraine's political forces, including President Viktor Yushchenko, are confident that Ukraine's NATO accession should run solely based on the returns of a nationwide referendum. Besides, only 30% of Ukraine's citizens share the idea of entering the Alliance, and there is no consolidated opinion among NATO member-states on the intensification of Ukraine's NATO accession process. “Ukraine expressed its intention to be an active participant in the collective security and defense system, and this direction could be promising for Ukraine,” Y. Tymoshenko underlined.


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