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18 June, 2018
NAKO Secretary General: Law on National Security Brings Defense and Security Sector of Ukraine Closer To NATO Standards
The Law on National Security is a framework law which differentiates functions between different bodies in defence and security sector of Ukraine similarly to how it works in NATO countries. This was explained by NAKO Secretary General Olena Tregub during the talk-show “Freedom of Speech” (in original - “Свобода слова”) at national ICTV Channel. 

In her opinion, the law is undoubtedly a necessary one. However, “the question remains open why Ukraine passes this law only now and not earlier when the reform of the security and defence sector was launched.” She continued by recalling that the Security Service of Ukraine should only have functions of counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. Olena Tregub said: “the SSU must be the body of home intelligence, in other words, it should carry out the counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations – it is so in European countries. It doesn’t happen in the EU that investigations of economic and anti-corruption crimes are used as a cover for illegal take-overs. So if we manage to achieve some goals, it will bring us closer to NATO standards”. NAKO Secretary General also stressed that the parliamentary committee on security and defence delayed introducing amendments recommended by the Western partners to the bitter end. She also said that the committee discussions could have been more public, with better involvement of the civil society.