Ukraine will stay out of all military blocs, the country's president Viktor Yanukovych said in his televised address to the Ukrainian people.

Ukraine's parliament, the Supreme Rada, passed on Thursday in the first reading a bill that stipulates Ukraine's status of non-alignment with international blocs.

"The "out-of-blocs" policy fully corresponds with the current challenges, and we will follow it," he said, RIA Novosti reported.

The country, however, will pursue the existing partnership cooperation with NATO and its largest member, the U.S., Yanukovych added.

According to opinion polls, over 50% of Ukrainians are against NATO membership, and 30% are in favor of joining.

Last month, Ukraine said it would not join the post-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

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