NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, UK Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough discuss situation in Donbas

NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, UK Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough discuss situation in Donbas

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Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Ukraine Judith Gough.

The parties discussed the aggravation of the situation in the Azov Sea and in eastern Ukraine due to intense shelling by the Russian-occupational troops, the NSDC’s press service reported.

"The interlocutors discussed the aggravation of the situation in the Azov Sea due to the expansion of Russia's military presence. The expansion of the landing capabilities of the Russian Federation in this region indicates the possibility of provocations on their part in the Azov coast," the NSDC secretary said, reminding of the Russians' attempts to block ships moving to Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea.

The parties also considered the possibility of conducting a peacekeeping operation in eastern Ukraine.

The parties paid considerable attention to the adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On National Security". Turchynov expressed hope that next week "the law, which was worked out together with international experts, will be approved by the parliament as a whole". "It is vital to adopt this law on the eve of the NATO Brussels Summit, as it regulates bringing the entire security and defense sector of Ukraine in line with the Alliance's standards, which is essential for further integration of our country into NATO," he stressed.

In her turn, UK Ambassador Judith Gough emphasized that the UK supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the United Kingdom remains a reliable partner and friend of Ukraine.

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