10:40 06.07.2009

Ukraine's territory will never be used against Russia, says Yuschenko

Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has said that a policy aimed at forming a common security system is not aimed against Russia.

"The most reliable policies are not the policies of military race or confrontation but the policies of the formation of a common European security system," he told reporters in Sevastopol on Sunday during the celebration of the Day of Ukraine's Fleet.

"This is not a project aimed against anybody. This is a project of a sovereign people, which wants to show that the security policy is the most reliable one," Yuschenko said.

At the same time, the president added: "I would advise Russia to stop viewing this matter as a step by which Ukraine is jeopardizing Russia or Russian people."

"Ukraine guarantees that its security policies is not posing any risks to Russia. Ukraine guarantees that not a single soldier of a [military] bloc or other country will be on its territory. This is our choice. This is what Ukraine's constitution says," the president said.

Yuschenko assured that Ukraine would not have nuclear weapons, either. "Ukraine will never have nuclear arsenal – this is our guarantee," he said.

"Ukraine's space – air, naval or land – will never be used against Russia," the president said.

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