Kiev Called for Improving Relations with Russia in National Security Strategy

The draft national security strategy of Ukraine provides for measures to reduce tensions in bilateral relations with Russia, the press service of the office of the Ukrainian president said.

The National Security and Defense Council earlier this afternoon considered the draft national security strategy of Ukraine, the priority areas of which are ensuring independence and state sovereignty, developing human capital, European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as restoring the country’s territorial integrity.

“The implementation of these priorities will be ensured by restoring peace and state sovereignty in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, by implementing a set of international legal, political, diplomatic, humanitarian and economic measures” Crimea is Ukraine “. It is also proposed to take measures to reduce the likelihood of escalation conflict with the Russian Federation and tensions in bilateral relations, “the report said.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the meeting was in a consultative and advisory nature and suggested that all participants work out a draft strategy in detail and submit their proposals within a week.

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Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated amid the situation in the Donbass. The Ukrainian authorities have previously repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the country’s internal affairs. In January 2015, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement in which Moscow was called the “aggressor.” Russia denies the Ukrainian side and calls it unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the intra-Ukrainian conflict and is interested in Kiev overcoming the political and economic crisis.

Crimea became the Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, in which the vast majority of voters of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol voted in favor of joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted to reunite with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the issue of Crimea is “completely closed