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 Turchynov urges the West to lift Ukraine's weaponry supplies ban: strong Ukrainian army is the only earnest of peace in Europe

The National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov deems it necessary to lift all restrictions concerning military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and the West, including arms supply.

"Russia's actions completely devalued the system of collective security in Europe, which showed its complete ineffectiveness. And Ukraine, having renounced nuclear weapons, in fact, found itself face to face with the aggressor. Yes, we have moral and financial support, the IMF is working with us, though you are all aware of their strict requirements. But why do we still have the arms supplies blocked?" he said in an exclusive interview to Interfax Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

According to Turchynov, such restrictions regarding Ukraine exist in order "not to provoke Putin." "But on the contrary, he is irritated by the fact we do not get necessary high-accuracy lethal weapons, up-to-date military technologies ... strong Ukrainian army is the only earnest of peace in Europe, the army ready to stop the advance of Putin westwards, and all world politicians have to understand this," the secretary said.

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According to him, Ukraine should, relying on its own forces, rapidly develop its military-industrial complex, carry out a serious reform of the security sector, create one of the strongest armies in Europe and apply the NATO standards.

Turchynov adds the supply of arms is a lasting and complex process, which is carried out under strict international control.

"All the stages stipulate for a complicated authorization procedure. Weapons need to be loaded, sent, received. But above all, it's necessary to train people who will be able to use them effectively. It is not done in one day. And when the active phase of confrontation starts, the time is tracked by hours and days, rather than months and years. We are trying to make it clear to our partners. Weapons are needed before the hostilities start and not after they subside!" the secretary resumed.

 
 
 
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