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Yanukovych Speaks at Anti-NATO Rally in Kyiv

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Published on Apr 3, 2008

Maidan Nezhalezhnosti, Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr. 3, 2008

Opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych: ...and friendly relations with our neighbors and with all democratic countries of the world. Today, we must not allow that the policy of cooperation be substituted, against the will of the Ukrainian people, with the idea of accession into a military-political bloc. Today, we say to such actions of the authorities and officialdom a categorical no! Such policies threaten to destabilize the situation not only in Ukraine, but also in Europe. The balance of power on the European Continent must not be altered. In Europe, there is no place for new demarcation lines and warring military blocs. Is that we strove for, is that what we dreamed of when we declared independence in 1991? We applaud the tolerance and commitment to democratic principles, and to the right of the Ukrainian people to self-determination, that our European partners are demonstrating. We deeply appreciate the balanced positions of Germany, France and other countries that have called on their NATO partners not to make decisions against the will of the Ukrainian people. Ukraine was and is an independent state. Only the Ukrainian people have the right to decide the destiny of their country. And no one else has the right to decide the destiny of the people behind their backs. Thank you so much! Thank you all who gathered today at Ukrainian city squares to express their position, and all who care about the destiny of our motherland and our children. A deep bow to all of you! Thank you!

If only the fellas of all the world
Gathered together to have a ball
Imagine all the fun this company would bring
And our future would be right within reach

Fellas, fellas
It's within our power
To save this world from burning endlessly
Let's make peace and friendship
Make our loved ones happy
Spend our meetings cordially

Male host: Thank you! We thank the Party of Regions and Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, who gave us the opportunity to finally express our opinion.
Female host: Thank everyone who was not afra... [terrible noise]

Male host: ...despite our, despite our having a little problem here.
Female host: Thank you all! Thank you all who feared not the bad weather and came to express their position here today, to the center of the capital, to Maidan Nezalezhnosti!

Male host: Thank you, Viktor Fedorovych. Thank you, Ukrainian community! Let's move on with our concert.
Female host: And the next band to appear on the scene is the legendary Agatha Christie!

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