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 Aggressor country will never be able to participate in peacekeeping measures, - Turchynov

If the bill "On special aspects of the state policy aimed at securing the state sovereignty of Ukraine over temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions" is passed by the Ukrainian parliament, Russia will not be able to participate in any peacekeeping missions.

This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov in the Rada befor the voting on the bill in the first reading, Censor.NET correspondent reports.

The NSDC secretary told the parliament members that the bill #7163 is important now because "Putin wants to cover his aggression under a peacekeeping operation and put blue helmets on the aggressor's horns."

"The aggressor country defined as such under legislation will never be able to participate in any peacekeeping measures," he explained.

Read more: Rada adopts bill on Donbas de-occupation in first reading

Turchynov also responded to speculations around the provisions of the bill.

He said that the issue of Crimea liberation has not been removed from the agenda, and Ukraine continues fighting for the release of its territory.

"If you want to expand this provision in the second reading, I am certain that the Verkhovna Rada will not mind and will support it," the NSDC secretary said.

Turchynov has disproved the statements of alleged danger related to the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine illegally in peaceful times, saying that the use of the army is limited to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions to liberate the occupied territories.

"Do not speculate around trade: the NSDC has banned trade with occupied areas. This decision cannot be annulled by any military commander or anyone else," Turchynov said.

Turchynov urged the MPs "to forget political conflicts, remember of the country, defend the country, and make a responsible decision by supporting the bill."
 
 
 
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