March 5, 2015
Russia’s aggression not to stop Ukraine’s integration into NATO – Turchynov
KYIV: Russia’s aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine will not stop the process of Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO.
Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said this at a media briefing in Warsaw, an Ukrinform correspondent in Poland reported.
“There is no alternative to European and Euro-Atlantic integration for Ukraine and we are very grateful for Poland’s support in this direction. Russian aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine will not stop the process of Ukraine’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration,” Turchynov said.
He stressed that Ukraine “in any case, would return the temporarily occupied territories.”
According to him, Kyiv today counters a very strong aggressor, and therefore the support of partners from the EU is “very important.”
“Russian aggression against Ukraine should be considered in the context of aggression against the European security and therefore cooperation [with the West] in the field of security and defense is very important,” he said.
Turchynov also expressed his gratitude “to the Polish government and people for their support to Ukraine.