Oleksandr Turchynov: Only a stable, powerful, independent Ukraine can become a reliable security factor for the entire European continent
Only a stable,
powerful, independent Ukraine can become a reliable security factor for the
entire European continent. This was stated by Secretary of the National
Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in his speech at
the 12th Kiev Security Forum.
Secretary elaborated on the challenges facing the world as a whole, Europe, and
Ukraine in particular, pointing out that Russia's hybrid war against our state
will be further waged in all directions. In this context, he emphasized the
priority tasks for Ukraine to successfully counter the aggressor.
stressed the importance of building up domestic economic potential: "The major
security factor is the rapid, dynamic development of the economy. Without a
powerful economy, we will not be able to provide effective protection of our
The NSDC noted
that the defense budget has increased significantly in recent years - in
particular, this year's level of financing of the state defense order amounts
to 21,3 billion hryvnias, which is 20 times more than in 2013 (1,09 billion
hryvnias), and the level of financing of the security and defense sector of
Ukraine this year will amount to 5.37% of GDP (in 2013 - less than 1%).
emphasized the importance of further reforming the defense sector, the
defense-industrial complex, in particular, with regard to the transition to
NATO standards, the transparency of defense orders. "The decision was made to
liberalize foreign economic activity of the subjects of the defense-industrial
complex, conditions were established to allow customers to purchase defense
products and weapons without state intermediaries", - he reminded. - Many items
in the state defense order will be opened, except for those that constitute
state secrets, conditions for transparency and competition are established".
According to Mr.
Turchynov, the domestic defense industry satisfies all the basic needs of the
Armed Forces and security structures. At the same time, the NSDC Secretary
stated, our country needs effective military-technical cooperation for the
creation of modern new-generation weapons and addressed the representatives of
partner countries urging them to actively participate in this process.
"The issue of
Europe's unity in countering Russian aggression is a matter of security of not
only Ukraine. This is a security issue for all European countries, - he
underscored. - This is the issue of the future of Europe". "Only the unity of
Europe and such an important security factor as a strong Ukrainian army, our
country's strong security and defense sector today are the most important
factors of protecting peace and security in Europe", - Oleksandr Turchynov said
adding that Ukraine has no alternative to European and Euro-Atlantic