Russia may escalate aggression against Ukraine – NSDC Secretary
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov during his meeting with President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Paolo Alli said that Ukrainian secret services were documenting intense activities of the Russian Federation in stepping up its military potential "primarily on the Western and Southern strategic directions," the NSDC press service reports.
According to Turchynov, "Analyzing these data we cannot exclude the escalation of military aggression against our country," Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine said, adding that Russian military potential threatens not only Ukraine but Western partners as well.
"Moreover, Russian-terrorist groupings are blatantly neglecting the Minsk agreements and the recent cease-fire agreement. By continuing shellings of our positions using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, they are trying to change the delimitation line by military means," Turchynov said.
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine emphasized that in this context, it is essential to resume Ukraine's military-technical cooperation with its Western partners, "which was artificially blocked in 2014." "The absence of military-technical cooperation with our partners does not make for the enhancement of Ukraine's military potential, which we consider an element of the military potential of the whole Europe," he said.
During the meeting, the parties also considered the need to further exert sanctions pressure on the aggressor state, "until the Crimea and Donbas return to Ukraine."
According to President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Paolo Alli, there can be no compromises on this issue: "NATO member states take a strong position on this issue. We do not put people's freedom at stake."
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