KIEV, November 24, 18:04 /ITAR-TASS/. Course at Euro-integration is irreversible for Ukraine but national interests should be defended, too, MP Anatoly Kinakh, the president of the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs said Sunday as he took the floor at a rally titled ‘Building Europe in Ukraine’, held in Kiev’s Mikhailovskaya Square at the initiative of a number of public organizations.
“The path towards Euro-integration is irreversible for us but as we’re moving along it, we must defend our own Ukrainian interests,” Kinakh said.
“Only the states that are able to defend their markets by contemporary methods and create jobs have the chances to take a dignified place in this world,” he said.
The speakers at the rally spoke in favor of Euro-integration but along with it they called for building up trade and economic relations with Russia.
“I’m not against the association with the EU but we must wait a little,” a participant in the meeting said. “I’m a worker and our enterprise works in full cooperation with the Russians. Are we supposed to break off these cooperative ties now? I think that, on the contrary, we must develop them.”
Kiev police officials said about 10,000 people took part in the action. They carried the posters saying “Build Europe in Ukraine,” “Support to the Ukrainian government’s actions”, and “Bring European Standards to the National Economy.