The NATO praised the fact that the Ukrainian government developed the Law on National Security, adding provisions on civilian control over the military and special services. Rose Gottemoeller, NATO Deputy Secretary General said this as quoted by Yevropeiska Pravda outlet.
'We were glad to see that the provision on civilian control over the military and special services was added into the draft. It also deals with the Defense Ministry's structure and the SBU (Ukraine's State Security Service, - 112 International): it is very important to provide civilian oversight', she said.
According to her, now the members of the Alliance are waiting for the text of the draft law in the written form to make the final assessment.
'We heard that the provisions were added to this draft during the first reading in the Parliament. Now we are waiting for the written text of the draft to make the ultimate assessment. In general, we are satisfied with the fact that the law was approved and from the essence of the changes, submitted in the respective provisions', Gottemoeller added.
Earlier this month, the Verkhovna Rada supported the president's bill on the national security of Ukraine, taking into account the proposals of the respective parliamentary committee.
The draft law clarifies conditions of coordination and subordination of the security and defence forces. The President is the one who manages these forces. He declares war, martial law and state of emergency; makes decisions about general and partial mobilization in the military; makes orders and intructions on security issues; leads the National Security and Defence Council; appoints and dismisses the Secretary and Deputies of the National Security and Defence Council; appoints and dismisses the High Command of Military Forces (on the recommendations of Commander-in-Chief), etc.
Previously, Petro Poroshenko declared that the final version of the law on the national security provides for parliamentary control over the military's activities, which is in line with NATO standards.