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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine13.12.2019, 11:43

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Takashi Kurai

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Takashi Kurai.

During the meeting, the parties discussed topical issues of the bilateral agenda and promising directions of cooperation, in particular in the field of cybersecurity and ecology.

Mr. Danilov reported on the results of negotiations in the Normandy format emphasizing that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy outlined the "red lines" that will never be crossed.

"The first is the impossibility of federalization. Ukraine is a unitary state. It is an invariable article of the Constitution of Ukraine and an inviolable principle of the existence of the state. Second, Ukraine is an independent, self-sustained, democratic state whose development vector will always be chosen exclusively by the Ukrainian people. Third, no compromises on the settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine through yielding territories are possible", - he underscored.

Mr. Danilov reminded that the summit was preceded by the exchange of prisoners, the return of Ukrainian ships captured in the Black Sea, the construction of a bridge crossing for civilians in Stanytsia Luhanska. According to him, Ukraine has taken an unprecedented step by disengaging its forces and means in three areas along the line of contact.

The NSDC Secretary thanked Japan for its consistent policy of upholding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country and the support provided by Japan to Ukraine in various directions.

In his turn, Mr. Kurai expressed his support for the reforms in the security and defense sector initiated by the team of the President of Ukraine. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary noted that Japan is interested in the further development of bilateral cooperation and assured his country's readiness to continue fully supporting our country.