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US Secretary of Defense urges Ukraine adopt national security law as soon as possible

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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis considers the law on national security of Ukraine to be a priority and calls on the authorities of the country to adopt this legislative initiative as soon as possible. In particular, the head of the Pentagon noted this during a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, according to the website of the US Department of Defense.

"The Minister of Defense (Mattis, ed.) сalled the law on national security a priority issue. The law is aimed at bringing the national security system of Ukraine in line with the norms of NATO and the EU. He expressed the hope that the presidential administration and the Ukrainian parliamentIt is added that Mattis also noted the importance of the US-Ukraine partnership in the field of security. He praised Stepan Poltorak for the courage of the country in the face of Russian aggression and reaffirmed US support for the Ukrainian defense reform.

The interlocutors promised to strengthen a lasting partnership between the United States and Ukraine, based on joint security interests and common principles.

Earlier, the National Security and Defense Council approved the bill "On National Security of Ukraine", which should become the basis for the development and updating of legislation in the field of national security and defense. Poltorak was satisfied with the draft law and noted that he takes into account all proposals of the Ukrainian defense department.

We recall, earlier the defense minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak met in Washington with the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis. As the Ukrainian minister reported, during the meeting they discussed issues related to the US decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, as well as the implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.
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