The FINANCIAL — Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says he feels himself a 100-percent Ukrainian.
He gave his position at a meeting with German journalists.
"I feel myself a premier Ukrainian. I identify myself with Ukraine and with nothing more," Azarov said.
The prime minister said he is not ashamed of his Soviet past, as he graduated from the best university during the times of the Soviet Union, became a professor and a doctor of science.
"I have nothing to be ashamed of in the Soviet past. I saw both advantages and drawbacks of that system. My present task is not to lose those advantages and not to reproduce any of those negative things," said Azarov.
He noted that the aim of the government is provision of appropriate level of life to the citizens of Ukraine, as well as provision of competitive abilities of the country.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov does not think his level of command of Ukrainian affects his reputation.
In June 2010, Azarov said he was taking lessons of Ukrainian.
Mykola Azarov, how is 63 now, was born in the Russian city of Kaluga.
In 1971, Azarov graduated from the Moscow State University.
Azarov is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine since 1997.