Oleksandr Turchynov:Appeasement of the aggressor leads to catastrophes
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov held a meeting with the delegation of representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs of the European Union within the framework of the "Eastern Partnership".
During the meeting, the interlocutors discussed the questions of violation of the Minsk peace agreements by the Russian occupation forces and prolongation of sanctions against the aggressor.
Mr. Turchynov thanked the participants of the meeting for the position of the whole European community. "Thank you for the stand the EU takes in regard of the aggressor, which has been put into action by the European Parliament resolution, directly condemning the aggression of the Russian Federation", - he noted.
According to Mr. Turchinov, Russia and its political leadership are doing everything to destabilize the situation not only in Ukraine, but throughout the world as well.
"Russia does not hide its aggressive intentions towards the West. They are transfering their commands closer to western borders", - he said.
Concerning the issue of continuation of sanctions against the Russian Federation, Oleksandr Turchynov emphasized that this instrument should be considered "at least for the midterm". "Sanctions are not a gift for Ukraine, this is an elementary form of protection of the European countries against the Russian aggression and Russia's hybrid war against the civilized world", - NSDC Secretary stressed.
"Appeasement of the aggressor leads to catastrophes. And our common history is the proof of that", - Mr. Turchynov reminded.
In his turn, Ambassador for Eastern Partnership of the European Union Zygimantas Pavilionis emphasized that "European community has always supported and will continue to support Ukraine." "Your victory is our victory", - he concluded.