Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine | August 26, 2011
Ukraine has come a long way from its Soviet legacy. Now, Kiev sets its sights on EU membership. ++ With an educated labor force and a “rich foundation in science and technology” along with its energy diversification capabilities and some of the world’s most fertile soil, Ukraine is positioned to play a prosperous role in the integrated European economy. ++ Kiev must still improve relations with Russia and get the economy fully on track after a “difficult” recession. ++ But just as Ukraine needs Europe, "the EU cannot afford to leave Ukraine behind".