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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine05.06.2020, 14:13

Oleksiy Danilov: There will be no Soviet Union. We understand what our defense-industrial complex should be like

In an interview with Channel 24, Oleksiy Danilov refuted the erroneous judgments of some pseudo-specialists that the establishment of a state institution to deal with problems of the defense-industrial complex is a return to Soviet models of governance in this sphere.

“There will be no Soviet Union. We understand what our defense-industrial complex should be like, and without synergy with the private sector and people who want to invest money, “Ukroboronprom” will not go far”, - Mr. Danilov stated.

The NSDC Secretary stressed that changes in the organization of the defense-industrial complex will be carried out in accordance with the decision of the NSDC of Ukraine of 18.02.20020 “On the key indicators of the state defense order for 2020 and 2021, 2022”, enacted by Presidential Decree of 27 February 2020 № 59.

He noticed that determining the fate of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”, namely resolving on the organizational and legal form of enterprises that are part of it, is part of the reform of the Ukrainian defense industry and will be carried out by the Government.

Me. Danilov stressed that the defense industry enterprises should first of all focus on providing the Armed Forces of Ukraine with modern high-precision weapons and developing modern technologies. This will allow responding effectively to external challenges.

“This is not a reform of “Ukroboronprom”, which occupies 30% of the market, and the rest are private companies, - the Secretary explained. - This sector is very vulnerable to many issues, and believe me, almost every enterprise has a great desire for the state to help it”.

In his opinion, a drastic change in approaches to the management of the defense-industrial complex should solve the problem of insufficient level of coordination of military-industrial policy actors, in particular, the lack of a relevant coordinating body.

In this context, Mr. Danilov stressed the need to create a relevant ministry, which will be responsible for formulating and ensuring the implementation of state military-industrial policy, and establish the position of Deputy Prime Minister, whose powers will include reforming the defense industry.

In an interview, the NSDC Secretary also answered questions about improving the territorial defense system of Ukraine. In particular, he stressed the need to develop consistent approaches to developing its architecture and to adopt the relevant bill by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Mr. Danilov also drew attention to the fact that the adoption of the law on territorial defense of Ukraine obliges to develop some regulatory legal acts, in particular on arms circulation. Since in order for structural units of territorial defense to be able to fully perform their functions, they should be armed.

“Today there are a lot of processes taking place in our society, and I have a big question if today we should just distribute weapons and say that everyone should own it”, - Oleksiy Danilov noticed emphasizing at the same time that “according to the Constitution and our beliefs, every citizen must be prepared to defend our state”.