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to national security and defense under the President of Ukraine. The National Security and Defense
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16.10.2018
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov met with President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov held a meeting with President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Jukneviciene.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the situation in the east of Ukraine and in the Crimea, which has developed as a result of Russia's aggression.

According to the NSDC Secretary, the Russian Federation is strengthening its military presence in the Azov-Black Sea region, in particular, Russia is further deploying military infrastructure and strengthening military units of the armed forces on the border with Ukraine.

"Russia applies the whole arsenal of hybrid aggression against Ukraine, considering our state as a testing ground for technologies that are then used against Europe and the US", - Mr. Turchynov said.

The Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine stressed that, despite the war, Ukraine is actively reforming the security and defense sector, which is being developed by the model of NATO member states.

Speaking about the necessity of prolonging sanctions against the Russian Federation, Mr. Turchynov noted that "the position of Europe which, while extending sanctions, allows Russia to build the North Stream 2, thus supporting Russia's strategic economic interests and putting its energy complex at risk, is not quite clear".

The interlocutors also considered the intensification of military-technical cooperation with NATO member states.

In her turn, Ms. Jukneviciene emphasized that Ukraine is always on the agenda of the NATO PA.

"Today, all states clearly understand Russia's aggressive role and the position this country takes in the world", - the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly pointed out concluding that a strong Ukraine is a crucial element of the European security system.

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