General Staff disrupts cooperation with NATO on creation of Special Operations Forces, - MP Friz

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine refuses contacts with NATO and disrupts Ukraine's cooperation with the Alliance regarding the creation of Special Operation Forces (SOF).

As reported by Censor.NET, Poroshenko Bloc MP Iryna Friz announced it on her Facebook page.

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"General Staff's position in cooperation with NATO under SOF program is hard for me to understand and brings negative emotions. A lot of work has been done during talks with our partners at NATO to support the creation of SOF in Ukraine as an effective tool to resist actions of Russia's special forces actively operating from the first days of Crimea annexation and invasion of the Donbas," she wrote.

"The General Staff avoids any contacts with NATO representatives and actually disrupts all cooperation with the mission of the Alliance. In fact, we are faced with impeding the process of creating SOF under NATO standards, which has been going on for almost a year," the deputy stressed.

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According to Friz, following General Staff's decision, which lacked any explanation, the training scheduled to take place in Khmelnytskyi will now be held at Yavoriv ground, although its financing is fully done by the U.S. and agreed with the SOCOM.

"At the same time, terrible rumors are circulating about the grounds for such decision, which I refuse to believe in. General Staff's leadership ignores all summons of the parliamentary committee on national security and defense," Friz said.

"I am at the Marshall Center now, and once again I hear questions from our partners that I previously heard in Kyiv. Their both representatives sent to Kyiv are ignored by the General Staff, their work being actually blocked," she noted.

Friz also added that "the special operations department is currently under pressure, and its leadership, that showed excellent results in ATO area, is threatened with dismissal, which will lead to noticeable debilitation of SO units."

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"Today, we see the resumption of hostilities in the Donbas. There is every reason to predict a new offensive by the enemy. Under such circumstances, the actions of the General Staff are unclear to me and require immediate explanations.

"The disruption of cooperation with NATO is unacceptable; cooperation must be restored immediately. While our president is doing everything possible to increase military-technical assistance to Ukraine from the Alliance, the General Staff negates such efforts. I believe the creation of SOF is a current priority in Ukraine's military sphere and a response to existing threats and risks," Friz summed up.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n361146