"In the last 90 years, Ukrainians have proclaimed the independence of their country six times. None of the European nations has experience of this kind," he said, adding that five of the six attempts to declare Ukraine's independence failed mainly due to external factors. "Look at Europe. None of the European countries, apart from Russia, has chosen the path of a self-sufficient security policy. All of them said that the only way to guarantee their own security is using the model of collective security," Yushchenko said.
The head of state refused to predict the date for Ukraine's accession to NATO. "This is not in the president's competence. This question should be answered by the public," he said.
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