Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Today, July 8, a new Law On National Security entered into force in Ukraine after being published on July 7 in the parliamentary gazette, Holos Ukrainy.

The law defines basic principles of Ukrainian national security, as well as the main objectives of the state policy designed to provide protection from threats for society and every citizen.

The new legislation also lays out and delineates the powers of various state bodies in the security and defense spheres, creating a basis for integration of state authorities and state structures operating in the field of security with security and defense forces.

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The law defines a system of command, coordination and control of security and defense forces, and introduces, as a basic planning principle, an integrated approach ensuring that democratic principles are observed, including of public control over the national security agencies.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on June 21, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law on the national security of Ukraine.

Among Ukraine's fundamental national interests, the law lays down the country's integration into European political, economic, legal and security space; gaining membership in the European Union and NATO; and development of equal and mutually beneficial relations with other states.