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18.12.2018
By supporting the security and defense sector of Ukraine Europe strengthens its own defense, - Oleksandr Turchynov

By supporting the security and defense sector of Ukraine Europe strengthens its own defense. This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov during a meeting with the leaders of the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Lithuania in the Eastern Partnership countries.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the issues of Russian military aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, the need to strengthen sanctions against the Russian Federation, as well as the intensification of bilateral cooperation between our countries.

According to Mr. Turchynov, despite the existing sanctions, the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation does not stop aggression against our state. "Therefore, without a significant strengthening of the sanctions pressure, Putin will feel impunity", - he said.

Also, speaking about the need to strengthen sanctions against Russia, the NSDC Secretary noticed that "it is illogical for our partners to strengthen economic sanctions against the Russian Federation and, at the same time, support the strategic economic and energy projects of the Russian Federation, in particular, "Nord Stream-2".

"Ukraine is becoming a significant factor in European security, and the help for our state should be considered in the context of that by supporting the security and defense sector of Ukraine Europe strengthens its own defense", - Mr. Turchynov emphasized.

In his turn, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius stressed that Lithuania understands Putin's desire "to demonstrate to the whole world that his actions remain unpunished". "That's why we are trying to make sure that he is responsible for his every step", - Mr. Skusevičius said adding that Lithuania had recently imposed additional sanctions on individuals involved in aggression in the Sea of Azov.

Moreover, Mr. Turchynov stressed that despite the hybrid aggression against Ukraine, the reform of the domestic security and defense sector and the defense-industrial complex is ongoing.

In his turn, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania emphasized that Lithuania had never stopped military-technical cooperation with our state. "We understand that the country has the right to defend its territorial integrity", - he noticed adding that Lithuania has always supported and will further support Ukraine.

"We know how difficult it is to reform the country and, at the same time, repel Russian aggression", - he said highlighting the successes of our state on its path of reforming

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