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22 June, 2018
Positive step towards NATO: Tregub about the Law on National Security
The long-awaited Law on National Security of Ukraine adopted on 21 June, 2018 is a legislative framework set to launch a number of structural changes in the security sector including secrecy, intelligence, oversight, procurement and the Security Service of Ukraine. The law calls the EU and NATO membership as the fundamental national interest of Ukraine.

OBOZ TV talked about this legislation to NAKO Secretary General Olena Tregub. She explained that the legislation makes Ukraine closer to NATO principles and approaches in the security and defence sector. She said: “The Chief of General Staff and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of Ukraine will be different functions starting from 2021. Now this is one post occupied by Viktor Muzhenko”. She continued by recalling that in this respect Ukraine is following the example of NATO countries: “The principle of defence troops command should be the same as in NATO member countries. Then it will be easier to cooperate with them”.

“The law makes us closer to the Western model of managing the sector of defence and security,” Tregub added. An important issue here is the Security Service of Ukraine. She said: “Our international partners want the Security Service SU to be the intelligence body which performs intelligence service in Ukraine. So the SSU should recognize spies, different enemy agents, not only Russian ones. It should recognize terrorists and neutralize them. These should be the key SSU functions”. She added that the functions of the General Directorate “K” such as fighting organized crime and corruption should be taken away from the SSU. NAKO together with national and international experts played a civil oversight role in the drafting of the Law on National Security. Most amendments suggested by NAKO were supported by the Reanimation Package of Reforms experts and introduced by the deputies but finally rejected. NAKO will continue monitoring the reform process in the defence and security sector.