The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis (James N. Mattis) noted the priority of the law on national security of Ukraine and urged the authorities to adopt this legislative initiative.

“He (George.Mattis – if) is called the law on national security a priority issue and expressed hope that the presidential administration and the Ukrainian Parliament – the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will take quick steps and take legislation that will provide a solid legal basis for the implementation of the defense reform to support a secure and democratic Ukraine”, – said the head of the Pentagon meeting with defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, reported on the website of the US defense Department.

John.Mattis also stressed the importance of partnership the United States and Ukraine in the security sphere. He praised Stepan Poltorak for the courage of the country in the face of Russian aggression and reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukrainian defence reform .

The sides pledged to strengthen strong partnership between the United States and Ukraine, based on shared security interests and common principles.

As reported, on 17 January, the Council of national security and defense approved the draft law “On national security of Ukraine”, which should be the basis for the development and updating of legislation in the sphere of national security and defense. S. Poltorak satisfied with the draft law and noted that it takes into account all the proposals of the Ukrainian defense Ministry.

According to the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, the law “On national security of Ukraine” needs to summarize and lead to a common denominator everything is already implemented and planned reforms of the security sector and defense of the country, to unite not only the basic foundations of national security, but also issues of democratic civilian control and planning framework in these areas. “The speedy enactment of this bill should be an important element in the protection of the Ukrainian state and countering Russian aggression”, – he stressed.