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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine13.04.2018, 13:11

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov calls Western partners to solidarity and consistent actions against the aggressor state – Russia

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov calls Western partners to solidarity and consistent actions against the aggressor state - Russia.

Delivering his speech at the 11th Kyiv Security Forum, Mr. Turchynov informed about the powerful offensive potential of the Russian armed forces deployed in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea, in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and near the borders of Ukraine.

"The General Staff of the Russian Federation can unleash 260 thousand Russian servicemen, over 3500 tanks, 11 thousand armored combat vehicles, about 4000 artillery systems, up to 1000 multiple-launch rocket systems, 500 aircraft and the same number of helicopters that are located along our border. Russia is ready for a large-scale continental war", - Mr. Turchynov stated. "Despite all the efforts of the world community to force Russia to cease aggression, there are currently no signs of significant shifts in the Kremlin's policy", - he pointed out citing the frontline report for the last day.

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine also drew attention to the violation by the Russian Federation of its international obligations, the ongoing modernization of nuclear forces and the aggressive rhetoric of Russian leadership, emphasizing that such policy enhances insecurity in Europe and the world.

Oleksandr Turchynov underscored that, given the Russian aggression, Ukraine has to rely solely on its own strength, as well as four years ago. At the same time, Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine stated that Ukraine is open and committed to partnership. "We are grateful to our partners for the concern they expressed about Russian aggression in Ukraine, we are grateful for the sanctions against Russia, which are quite substantial and painful for the Russian Federation", - he said, informing that in this context, a meeting of the NSDC of Ukraine will be held by order of the President of Ukraine next week; the current sanctions against the Russian Federation will be prolonged, and the sanctions approved by the US and the European countries will be duplicated.

At the same time, Mr. Turchynov expressed his concern about the decisions of some European countries regarding the "North Stream-2" gas pipeline, noticing that Russia "is withdrawing its strategic business from the countries of the primary potential aggression". "When we speak about the prolongation of sanctions, at the same time signing deals that create a real threat, in particular, military one, I do not see any logic and common sense here", - he said. Mr. Turchynov stressed that support for Russia's dangerous energy game, the transfer of technology to it significantly weakens the already unbalanced European security.

In this context, Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine stated that anti-Russian sanctions are not a "gift" or a concession for Ukraine, but measures to strengthen the common European security, to deter the aggressor state, the terrorist state, and to prevent the growth of its military potential. "There can be no double standards in this matter", - he concluded.

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine claimed that the international community's response to the terrorist state should be solidarity and consistent actions stressing that the expulsion of Russian spies from over twenty states - the United States, EU countries, and our country - is a good example.

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine emphasized that there are no alternatives to European and Euro-Atlantic integration for Ukraine, and the domestic security and defense sector is being reformed by NATO standards; in this context, he reported about the draft law on national security approved in the first reading.

"I am convinced that Ukraine's entry into the European security space is a necessity, not just our desire. And I would strongly want our partners to treat our state, which is countering a dangerous, aggressive nuclear country, not as a problem, but as an important element of its own security, and to look at the issues of military-technical cooperation from this angle, - Mr. Turchynov summarized. - I am confident that Ukraine and our strategic partners have a common future, and we will restore security in our common European home".