Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
KIEV, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine should preserve an off-bloc status, but at the same time it is important to carry out reforms in the army, Ukrainian presidential candidate Serhiy Tihipko told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
“We should keep an off-bloc status now,” he said. “At the same time, we should carry out reforms in the army. The off-bloc status is also dictated by the fact that the European countries are very cautious in this issue. We have no chances to become a NATO member state in the current situation with Crimea (the Russian Republic),” Tihipko added.
In reply to journalists’ question about relations with Russia, Tihipko noted, “It is needed to try to restore relations with Russia, though it may be unpopular with several regions.” “Economy in south-eastern regions of the country depends on relations with Russia,” he noted, recalling Ukraine “has already lost 31% of the Russian market.” Meanwhile, “it is also needed to think about European integration,” Tihipko said.