Ukraine's Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych says he intends to promote partnership with Russia if he is elected president, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
"How do we go back? This is what we should aim to do. How do we go back to equal partnership? Today Ukraine is not just a weak partner, it's a partner you can talk to the way you want," Yanukovych told a press conference on Thursday referring to his political plans on Russia.
When asked whether he intends to initiate a reconsideration of the gas supply agreements with Russia if he is elected president, Yanukovych said that "a huge legal base" has been created on this matter by the Ukrainian government in the years of Ukraine's independence. At the same time, said with regret that Ukrainian-Russian relations, including in the gas sphere, have worsened considerably over the past few years.
Yanukovych reiterated that this issue will be one of the "huge package" of issues between Ukraine and Russia.
Yanukovych believes Ukraine should be a reliable partner to Europe in the gas sphere. "We [the Party of Regions] will never allow the winters of 2006 and 2009 to repeat themselves," he said.
Yanukovych believes Ukrainian-Russian relations cannot stay at their current level. "I believe they should change, such is the will of the people of Ukraine. I will fulfill the will of the people of Ukraine. We will build and continue the historical traditions of the people of Ukraine and Russia," he said.
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