Ukrainian Politics
Related materials:

 Non-Aligned Status of Ukraine Is Mistake. We Have no Military Allies Due to it - Pashynskyi


People’s Front faction MP Serhii Pashynskyi is nominated to head the Committee on National Security and Defense.

He told the reporters on the sidelines of the parliament, Censor.NET informs.

Pashynskyi reminded that People's Front faction originally ran for the office of the first vice-speaker and executive positions in seven committees.

"The faction meeting, where I was nominated through elections for this post (the head of the Committee on National Security and Defense - Ed.), has just taken place.

According to Pashynskyi there are 5 tasks in the coalition agreement, which are "essential for the committee, Parliament and government in general."

Read also: Ukraine Is Poorest and Most Corrupt Country in Europe - New Minister of Economic Development Abromavicius

"First, we must clearly voice to ourselves and everyone that Ukraine has made a mistake many years ago having declared the non-aligned status. There is situation now when we even cannot get weapons because we do not have military allies, for we have 'friendship' with Russia."

According to him, currently there are bills by Turchynov, Pashynskyi, and Parubii registered regarding this topic.

Second, according to the deputy, the army in Ukraine was funded far inferior to need all these years.

"Think about it, Naftohaz budget gap is two times as large as all the defense and security expenditures. It means that financing of Naftohaz corrupt practices is greater than defense and security spending. That is why we have amended the agreement by adding the clause obliging to increase expenditures to not less than 3% of the GDP (defense and security spending is meant - Ed.).

Also, according to Pashynskyi there are many other issues regarding the Ukrainian army. "Being even in such poor condition, our troops are deployed as if we are going to fight not where we are fighting but somewhere in Poland or Romania."

At the same time Pashynskyi declared that the biggest problem in the field of security is populism and hype.

Watch also: Rada Supported Yatseniuk Candidacy for Prime Minister of Ukraine. VIDEO

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n314810