Stoltenberg: I expect Verkhovna Rada to introduce a law on national security and reform of Ukraine's Security Service

NATO Secretary General expressed his conviction that the current Ukrainian Parliament has a historic opportunity to change Ukraine
16:40, 31 October 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds his speech in Ukraine's Parliament in October 30, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he expects the Verkhovna Rada of the current convocation to implement the previously adopted law on national security and the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine. He said this, speaking in Ukraine's parliament on October 31, the broadcast was conducted by the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“This newly elected parliament has a historic opportunity to change Ukraine for the better. All of you have already made a powerful leap forward. And I look forward to the implementation of the national security law, which was passed last year with parliamentary oversight, with defense departments and institutions, as well as the reform of the Security Service," Stoltenberg said.

He assured that NATO advisers will join the implementation of “Euro-Atlantic principles and best practices to strengthen the rule of law, to ensure minority rights, to fight against corruption and to ensure that all aspects of public life are open and transparent so that Ukrainian institutions serve the interests of the people of Ukraine better."

"This will support Ukraine’s aspiration to join NATO. As a sovereign state, Ukraine has the right to choose its own security systems. Doors to NATO remain open, the road to NATO membership is not easy. Those who want this need to be loyal and implement significant reforms," Stoltenberg noted.

As it was reported earlier, Stoltenberg arrived to Ukraine on October 30. NATO Secretary General held a meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on October 31 and delivered a speech at the Verkhovna Rada.

Jens Stoltenberg and the NATO Permanent Representatives also met with the Chairman of the Rada, Mr. Dmytro Razumkov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vadym Prystaiko and the Minister of Defence, Mr. Andriy Zahorodniuk.

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