As reported by Censor.NET citing a statement by the NSDC press service, Turchynov thanked Poland for the continued support of Ukraine in countering Russian aggression and restoration of territorial integrity, its steadfast position on preservation of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
He also said that on Sept. 3, the president of Ukraine submitted to the Ukrainian parliament a draft law on amendments to the Constitution regarding Ukraine's aspirations to join NATO and the European Union: "Poland's experience in reforming the security agencies and joining NATO is the signpost that helps us on this path," the NSDC chief said.
At the meeting, the parties discussed the situation in the east of Ukraine, Russia's attempts to undermine the peaceful process of conflict resolution and the threat to European security due to the Kremlin's aggressive actions. The NSDC secretary emphasized the participation of Russian troops in hostilities against the Joint Forces, bombardments of the positions of Ukrainian military with the use of prohibited weapons, the militarization of Crimea and Russia's aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov. In this context, Turchynov said that Ukraine's NSDC approved a set of measures aimed at protecting national interests in the southern regions, waters of the Azov and Black Seas.
"Our task is to build up forces and means to repel Russian aggression. According to the NSDC decision, over 5 percent of GDP is annually spent on security and defense," he noticed.
In addition, speaking about the level of protection against cyberagression, which is part of the hybrid war, the NSDC head said that "in fact, over several years of persistent work in this direction, Ukraine has reached the level of many European countries."
Turchynov and Soloch noted fruitful cooperation between Ukraine and Poland in the military, defense, and military-technical fields, and called for its expansion, as well as for further deepening of bilateral cooperation between the countries' security agencies.
In this regard, the NSDC secretary expressed the opinion on the prospect of joint research and production projects in high-precision and high-tech weapons, which should significantly strengthen the defense capability of both states and open up new joint opportunities in the security realm.
The issue of cooperation within the framework of the transition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to NATO standards was also discussed. In this context, Turchynov stressed that Ukraine is interested in the experience of Poland "as a new member of NATO," as the domestic security and defense sector is now being reformed in accordance with the Alliance's standards. He also stated that the representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready to share their combat experience acquired in the conditions of countering Russian aggression.
In turn, Soloch said that "Poland is Ukraine's strategic partner, and our security is inextricably bound to the security of your country", adding that his country constantly reminds the NATO allies about Ukraine's strategic role for European security. "No Western state spends so much on security and defense. What Ukraine does for its defense and the fact that, despite military actions, you are reforming the security and defense sector, deserves great respect. This is the "trump card" that can be used to build up cooperation with NATO," he said.