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European aspirations of Ukraine will not hamper cooperation with Russia and other countries of the Customs Union, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said.
"In spite of our long-term plans for European integration, we do not plan to terminate relations with our traditional partners – Russia and the countries of the Customs Union," Yanukovych said while speaking with the media representatives in Kirovohrad.
"A comprehensive free trade area will not lead to rupture of relations with Russia as the strategic partner of Ukraine," he stressed.
The President also noted that the construction of a nuclear fuel plant in Kirovohrad region, which is conducted in partnership with Russia, will continue. "I am convinced that it will be beneficial both for Ukraine and Russia," Yanukovych said.
The Head of State stressed that Ukraine, while cooperating with other countries, is guided by national interests.
"We will defend our national interests. However, when we see a synergy effect and a benefit from some association, we will always join such. This is our rule," Yanukovych added.