President Viktor Yanukovych considers a strategy of Ukraine's hasty accession to NATO ineffective, the head of state said this in a speech Thursday at the Ukrainian Palace on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the formation of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

In his opinion, our state should not make a choice for one of the collective security systems, existing on the continent. Any decision on this matter can enhance the threat to our national security and lead to higher tensions in international relations, Yanukovych stressed, UKRINFORM reported.

"Ukraine will seek other approaches to national security and interaction with existing military organizations," the President said adding that for today our choice is the closest possible cooperation without integration.

"This is the only principle that Ukraine will apply to all existing systems of collective security. Ukraine is de facto a non-aligned state," he said.

At the same time, he noted that the non-aligned status of Ukraine does not mean self-elimination from the process of stabilizing the situation on the European continent.

"Our government will be actively engaged in discussions about a new European security policy. We need to elaborate our own initiatives to create security architecture. The question is about a new security model in Europe," the Ukrainian President underscored.


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