As reported by Censor.NET, this was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov as he was delivering his speech at the operational meeting of the administrative board of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Speaking about the current situation in Europe, the NSDC secretary said: "The world order is crumbling in front of us. The unity of the West based on the principles of freedom and democracy is facing unprecedented challenges. The world order formed after World War II sees dramatic changes. Its new model has not yet taken its shape. However, the return to the past is no longer possible: neither to the Soviet era the Kremlin seeks so much, nor to the late twentieth century - the golden era for the West.
"The European Union's crisis is deepening. Migration crisis, Greek debt crisis, the Dutch referendum on Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, Brexit, growing influence of radical and anti-European forces and movements - all these allegedly unconnected events are a direct consequence of the conflict between the national and pan-European interests, as they are understood in Brussels.
"Ukraine stands a good chance not only to survive, but also become a regional leader, capable of defending not only itself but also its allies. Only a strong, independent, national state is capable to force others to reckon with its interests, change the way the others treat it. This is not about alternative to European integration, but the way how to actually achieve it. We should not be scratching at the closed door, but get an invitation as an uncontested strategic partner!"
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