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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine16.05.2017, 20:22

Oleksandr Turchynov to ITC providers: Do not wait for a letter from the Security Service of Ukraine but start to implement the NSDC decision now

Decree №133 of the President of Ukraine extends the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of September 16, when sanctions against individuals and legal entities were adopted. Virtually the whole list of these sanctions was extended. This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in his comment to the media.

He pointed out that also the decision was taken on the imposition of sanctions against individuals involved in the illegal elections to the Russian State Duma in the territory of the occupied Crimea.

According to him, the additional decision was made on the imposition of sanctions against legal entities which are operating in the territory of the occupied Crimea and are illegally registered and working not under Ukrainian but under Russian law. "As a result, - Mr. Turchynov said, - Ukrainian enterprises by actually using Russia's administrative and power resources are forced to work for the budget of the aggressor state".

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noticed that the next block of sanctions is targeting Russian citizens involved in the illegal persecution of Ukrainian citizens. "This applies to investigators and judges who conducted illegal investigatory actions or delivered illegal judgments against Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia", - he explained.

The last block of the sanctions list that has provoked the hottest reaction, according to Mr. Turchynov, "covers sanctions against Russian legal entities, the activity of which threatens information and cyber security of our country".

The NSDC Secretary stressed that today, the main issue is that the decree "starts working", and for this aim, the Cabinet of Ministers and the SSU should urgently work out a mechanism to implement its provisions.

"We are defending Ukraine not only on the battlefield but also against information and cyber aggression, which is no less dangerous than military", - he said. "I am convinced that we all should defend our country by all means", - he stated.

"Some software of Russian production, - Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, - is used for cyberspying, spreading dangerous viruses and for cyberattacks". He explained that to those individual entrepreneurs who use Russian software, in particular for accounting, "we can only recommend not to do this, but regarding state institutions, they will be immediately transferred to the software of domestic producers". At the same time, Oleksandr Turchynov noted that "Ukrainian software is of high quality", moreover, European software can become an alternative to the Russian one.

As for the Russian social networks included in the sanctions list, Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noted that they are used for illegal information collection, information aggression against our state, "moth-eaten propaganda" and recruitment of agents by Russian secret services. Through these networks, he said, pirated content is spread and Ukraine as a European country should counter this.

Oleksandr Turchynov addressed providers with a call to not wait for an information letter from the Security Service but "enthusiastically start to implement the NSDC decision and block Russian content under sanctions now". "This is your contribution to the country's defense", - he added reporting that some major Ukrainian providers have already started to do so.

"I am confident that the professional press, true patriots will guard the Ukrainian independence and security. I ask you to support and convey the importance of this decision", - Secretary of the NSDC summarized.

As previously reported, President of Ukraine by his Decree № 133 put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of April 28, 2017 "On the imposition of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)".