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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine22.02.2018, 17:28

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov met with the UK Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Judith Gough

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Ukraine Judith Gough.

During the meeting, the interlocutors discussed enhancement of cooperation between Ukraine and United Kingdom in the security and defense sector, as well as the situation which has developed in the East of Ukraine and the Crimea as a result of Russian aggression.

The parties also considered the intensification of cooperation between our countries on cybersecurity issues, "which is relevant not only for Ukraine but also for all leading countries of the world", - Oleksandr Turchynov pointed out.

"We are ready and interested in cooperation in the form of joint projects in the security and defense sector", - Mr. Turchynov said.

The interlocutors paid particular attention to the issues of reforming the security and defense sector of Ukraine in accordance with NATO standards. The British ambassador stressed that the UK, "like many other NATO countries, approves of the draft law "On National Security of Ukraine" approved by the NSDC, according to which a European model of the security and defense sector will be introduced in Ukraine".

At the same time, Judith Gough noted that the UK is concerned about the unfolding of the hybrid war unleashed by Russia, and is worried about Russia's threat to Ukraine and to Europe as a whole. In this context, the parties acknowledged the need to extend sanctions against Russia.

Also, the interlocutors discussed the implementation of the Law "On Peculiarities of the State Policy on Ensuring the State Sovereignty of Ukraine in the Temporarily Occupied Territories in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions" signed by the President of Ukraine at the meeting of the Military Cabinet. In her turn, the UK Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine emphasized that Britain is ready to further "support Ukraine in its aspiration to protect its freedom and independence and become a prosperous, democratic European country".