The Office of the President of Ukraine states that the issues related to threats to the national security of the state require tough decisions. That is why President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed to begin preparations for a meeting of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC).

According to the President’s Office, the meeting is scheduled for Friday, 19 February. Some issues will be considered behind closed doors.

“Threats to the national security of the state, which must be eliminated, require binding tough decisions within the framework set by the Constitution of Ukraine and current legislation,” the statement reads.

The President’s Office noted that society must see the state, which knows exactly the current risks and is able to respond to them professionally and quickly.

“Unfortunately, in the period up to 2019, Ukrainians clearly saw that the necessary decisions to protect the national security, which are long overdue, were postponed for political reasons. The lack of sufficient political will at that time laid many delayed-action mines under the foundations of our statehood, which today need systemic counteraction,” the statement says.

At the same time, it is emphasised that an unconditional priority for Zelensky is to fulfill the constitutional duty of the President to guarantee the national security of the state. “Decisions made as a result of the collegial work of the National Security and Defence Council fully meet the interests of Ukraine at this stage of development of our state,” the report notes.

According to unconfirmed information, the NSDC may consider the issue of responding to the actions of the Russian Federation, which announced the expansion of the list of Ukrainian companies against which economic sanctions had been imposed in Russia.

Currently, the new version of the list includes 84 companies. Three entities and two subsidiaries from Odesa, two companies from Dnipro, as well as legal entities registered in Poltava and Panama have been added to the list.

Bohdan Marusyak

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