Improving people's lives remains a priority of the government in 2012, President Viktor Yanukovych in an exclusive interview for the joint project of The New York Times News Service & Syndicate and Segodnya Multimedia – "Ukraine and the World in 2012. Global Agenda."

The President drew particular attention to the need to increase pensions, as more than a half of pensioners in Ukraine receive pensions below the living wage. "This is wrong," he said.

"The pension reform we started in 2011 aims to improve pension support, decrease the Pension Fund deficit, bridge the enormous gap between the lowest and the highest pension," he said.

The President also said that despite the difficult economic situation, the government managed to increase benefits, pensions and wages, and to reduce budget deficit.

Viktor Yanukovych expressed confidence that this year, the work in this direction will continue successfully. "I am confident that 2012 will bring positive changes in people's lives and our country’s development. We think out all our decisions are very carefully to avoid them destabilizing the situation in the country, first of all, that social," summed up the President.

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