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Ukrainian presidential contender promises to ensure joining Customs Union

March 31, 2014, 22:35 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, March 31, /ITAR-TASS/. Former governor of Ukraine’s eastern Kharkov region, Mikhail Dobkin, who is running for Ukrainian president with the Party of Regions, has promised to ensure the country’s joining the Customs Union [of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan] if he is elected president.

“Ukraine’s joining the Customs Union is to facilitate the development of such strategic industrial sectors as rocket and aircraft building, energy, IT sector, farming, etc,” he said in his election programme made public on Monday.

He promised to take vigorous steps to resume friendly and partner relations with Russia and to create a common humanitarian space.

“I will secure in legislation the rights of the Russian language in Ukraine, I will defend our common Russian-Ukrainian history, culture and traditions,” the document says.

Apart from that, Dobkin said he would take steps to make Ukraine a federated state and declare its off-bloc status.

On March 29, a Party of Regions congress nominated Dobkin as presidential contender. Earlier, Ukraine’s Security Service opened a criminal case against Dobkin accusing him of calling to infringe upon the country’s territorial integrity. He was detained on March 10 to be placed under home arrest.

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