Oleksandr Turchynov: Russia has two strategies for influencing elections in our country
Secretary of the National
Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov held a meeting with
Head of the International Observation Mission to Ukraine's 2019 Elections
During the meeting, the
interlocutors discussed the issues of holding presidential and parliamentary
elections in Ukraine in 2019 in the context of Russia's attempts to influence,
disrupt or discredit the election process in our country.
According to Mr. Turchynov,
the Russian Federation is trying to influence elections in Ukraine using a wide
range of hybrid technologies (cybernetic, information and propaganda, etc.).
"There is an ongoing
intensification of spy networks, pro-Russian political projects and media, the
terrorist threat is growing. In the event of failure to put a candidate
convenient for Russia and to bolster the influence of pro-Russian forces, the
Kremlin will try to compromise or undermine the election process by all means,
which can significantly destabilize the situation in our country", - the NSDC
Oleksandr Turchynov noted that
the security structures in Ukraine will operate exclusively within the limits
of the law and the Constitution, without affecting the course of the election
process, "but in every possible way countering any attempt to undermine,
compromise, falsify or influence the citizens' will".
In his turn, Eugene Czolij
emphasized that all members of the Ukrainian World Congress, which he
represents, "understand that Ukraine is counteracting brutal Russian
aggression". "We all understand the reasons why Ukraine will not allow
observers from Russia on its territory", - he said.
In general, according to Mr.
Czolij, on the election day in Ukraine, about a thousand international
observers will work, with over two hundred of them beeing the representatives of
the Ukrainian diaspora fluent in Ukrainian, "which will allow them to
objectively evaluate and respond promptly to any situation".
"As election observes, we will constantly monitor
and counteract in every possible way Russia's attempts to discredit elections
in Ukraine", - the Head of the International Observation Mission to Ukraine's
2019 Elections pointed out.