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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine12.12.2018, 17:52

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov met with Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine Alexander Vinnikov

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov held a meeting with Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine Alexander Vinnikov.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the escalation of Russian aggression against our state, the seizure of sailors and ships in the Kerch Strait, and the measures taken in Ukraine due to the introduction of martial law.

The interlocutors paid particular attention to the security situation in the region and the issue of strengthening sanctions against Russia because of its aggressive actions.

According to Mr. Turchynov, "a large-scale check of the whole system of training and mobilization of the country for countering full-scale military aggression is being conducted" after martial law was introduced. "We are examining the strengths and weaknesses in the security and defense system of the country, and making appropriate conclusions and adjustments", - the NSDC Secretary said stressing that in the absence of a threat of a large-scale invasion of Russia's armed forces of Ukraine "martial law won't be prolonged".

During the conversation, the interlocutors also discussed the need for the immediate release of our navy sailors and ships illegally detained in the Russian Federation. In this context, the Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine emphasized that the Alliance member states in their statement stressed the need for the immediate release of Ukrainian servicemen who "are illegally detained in prison".

Mr. Turchynov and Mr. Vinnikov exchanged views on the progress of reforming the security and defense sector of Ukraine, discussing the process of transition to NATO standards and priority tasks for the implementation of the Law of Ukraine "On National Security".

In his turn, the Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine emphasized that the Alliance is interested in expanding cooperation with our country, and "condemns Russia's actions in the Black and Azov Sea".

"NATO expresses its resolute support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the Alliance members are ready to further support your state on the way of reforming", - Alexander Vinnikov concluded.