Oleksandr Turchynov: Only a strong Ukraine will be reckoned with in Europe and worldwide
Ukraine's priority should become the creation of powerful deterrent
weapons, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
Oleksandr Turchynov stated in his speech at the IX National Expert Forum in
"Unfortunately, the arms race, the strengthening of nuclear
capabilities, and the willingness to resolve any issues by force have become
the paradigm of the modern world", - Mr. Turchynov emphasized. According to
him, Russia demonstrates to the whole world its ability to modernize and build
up strategic nuclear forces.
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine recalled that Ukraine "gave up its
nuclear capability by signing the Budapest memorandum and we received
guarantees of our security, not worth the paper it was written on".
"As long as Ukraine has not become a NATO member, which is not a close
prospect, we must understand that in case of large-scale aggression, as in
2014, we will have to rely solely on our strengths. What can stop an aggressive
nuclear country from a large-scale invasion? Only powerful modern deterrent
weapons, capable of striking the enemy at any distance. In my conviction, our
country should resolve this issue as a priority. And no one in the world has
any moral or legal right to disagree with this position", - he stated.
At the same time, Mr. Turchynov emphasized the importance of ensuring
sustainable economic growth, since "without a powerful economy, our defense
capability has no prospects for development".
"A small Soviet army is not able to withstand a big Soviet army - we
must have modern Armed Forces. The combat capability of our army is no longer
inferior to many European armies, but we cannot stop at this point, we must
ensure the transformation of the security and defense sector by NATO standards,
which should by its structure and the main features correspond to contemporary
challenges", - Oleksandr Turchynov noted.
In this context, he expressed his hope that the next plenary week the
Parliament will adopt the law "On National Security of Ukraine" as a whole,
which provides for a transition to the Alliance-like model of security and
defense and strong civilian control.
"Nobody wants to have
serious relations with a week country. The week ones are disrespected in this
cruel word, they are instructed, humiliated, and used. Only a strong Ukraine
will be reckoned with in Europe and worldwide. Only a strong Ukraine will force
to respect itself and reckon with its national interests, and we should build
such a country", - Secretary of the NSDC summarized.