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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine06.10.2017, 11:47

Oleksandr Turchynov to the people’s deputies: Forget political strife, protect the country and make a responsible decision

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov called on the people's deputies to adopt in the first reading the draft law "On the aspects of state policy of the restoration of Ukraine's state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions".

Addressing the parliamentarians, Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine stressed that this document is now of utmost importance, because "Putin wants to disguise his aggression under a peacekeeping operation putting blue helmets on the horns of the aggressor". "An aggressor country defined by law will never be able to participate in any peacekeeping activities", - he explained.

Mr. Turchynov also responded to speculation around the norms of the bill.

In particular, he said that the issue of liberating the Crimea was not removed from the agenda, and Ukraine continues to fight for the liberation of its territory. "If there is a desire to expand this point in the second reading, I am convinced that the Verkhovna Rada will not object and will support this", - Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noticed.

Mr. Turchynov also refuted statements about the alleged use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine illegally in peacetime noticing that, in accordance with the draft law, the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was limited to Luhansk and Donetsk regions to liberate the occupied territories.

"There is no need to speculate about trade: the NSDC of Ukraine has banned trade with the occupied territories. This decision can not be canceled neither by the military commander nor by anyone else", - he stressed adding that: "Therefore, all attempts to speculate on this are an attempt to cover up their criminal non-voting for a vital law for the country".

Oleksandr Turchynov called on the deputies to "forget political strife, remember about the country, protect the country and make a responsible decision by supporting this law".