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Yushchenko is counting on a piece of Iraqi pie

July 22 2005

Viktor Yushchenko during his visit to Japan reiterated that Ukraine would not abandon the intention to withdraw before the end of 2005, their troops from Iraq.

Speaking to Japanese journalists at the National Press Club in Tokyo, Yushchenko said that the decision to withdraw Ukrainian troops from Iraq was adopted by the Council of National Security and Defense in the light of public sentiment in Ukraine and the changing political situation in Iraq, said the agency "News-Ukraine" .

However, the Ukrainian president said that Iraq remains in the sphere of strategic interests of Ukraine. "We are interested now in this region", - Yushchenko said. In his meniyu military presence in Iraq "should be replaced by a policy of active recovery" of the country. This, in particular, is the need to start reconstruction projects in Iraq, energy, water, highways and bridges.

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