Ukraine defends its national interests in cooperation with other countries and associations, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said during communication with the residents of Lutsk in Volyn region, the press service of the head of state reports.

"We are not interested in building walls and looking for enemies. We want to have friends," he said.

The President also stressed that Ukraine will continue to follow the way of modernization and development. "The state will be stronger, and we will be respected in the world," he said.

At the same time, he said that despite the difficult economic situation, the social standards continue to increase, as well as pensions and wages. Yanukovych expressed hope that this trend will continue in the future.

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