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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine20.12.2019, 11:06

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov met with Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine Tobias Thyberg

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Ukraine Tobias Thyberg.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the current issues of bilateral security cooperation and the possibilities of its further expansion.

Mr. Danilov expressed his gratitude for the support provided by Sweden to Ukraine in difficult times of countering external aggression and the unstable security environment. "We thank the Swedish friends for their help, it is very considerable", - the NSDC Secretary pointed out.

Mr. Danilov emphasized the importance of expanding cooperation between the two countries, in particular in the field of ​​combating cyber and information threats. "The war will gradually move to cyberspace, cyber weapons will become the major weapon, and we must be ready to counter it. Cyber ​​and information security are our key priorities", - the NSDC Secretary stressed adding that Ukraine and Sweden have a common security interest in combating the hybrid threat.

In his turn, Mr. Thyberg acknowledged the positive dynamics of bilateral cooperation, particularly in the training of Ukrainian military servicemen within the framework of the Canadian UNIFIER mission and in providing expert support in the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Ukraine also suggested that it might be promising for Ukraine and Sweden to expand cooperation in the Navy, as Ukraine and Sweden are "maritime nations, and our defense methods and structures are somewhat similar".

The parties also exchanged views on the current security situation in Europe and the world, in particular, in the context of recent negotiations in the Normandy format with the participation of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Mr. Danilov stressed that during the talks the President of Ukraine did not make any concessions and will never cross the "red lines", while for further success, "a two-way movement is needed".

In his turn, Mr. Thyberg assured of Sweden's consistent support of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and expressed the readiness to further support our country and expand bilateral cooperation.