This is the best text we’ve ever seen / GORDON

He expressed this opinion in an interview. “European truth”which came out on August 30th.

We have been taking an active part in the process for several years in a row, providing advice, evaluating proposals. And we believe that this bill, the adoption of which, I recall, is a requirement of the law on national security, approved in 2018, is the best text that we have ever seen. It clearly defines the three main functions of the SBU: counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and protection of state secrets. This is exactly what the modern intelligence service should focus on and what will make it more effective, “Vinnikov said.

He believes that the new law will strengthen the SBU and bring it closer to Euro-Atlantic practices.

The diplomat noted that the position of NATO, the EU and the US embassy is unanimous on the issue of this bill.

Together we give advice on this reform, we all together supported this text of the draft law and recommend it to be adopted. And we believe that this will be an important step for Ukraine on its European and Euro-Atlantic path. But even if the law is adopted, this will not be the end of the path. Then its implementation will only begin, which will be at least as difficult a task as its approval. And NATO, together with partners from the international advisory group, remain at the disposal of Ukrainian partners to support Ukraine on this path, “Vinnikov added.


Reform of the SBU is one of the main reforms, which needs to be held by the new government of Ukraine, said at the end of July 2019, the European Union Ambassador Hugh Mingarelli, who was completing his mission in Ukraine.

On July 29, then Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Danilyuk said that the team of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky prepares a package of bills that should reform the SBU.

On October 15, the head of the SBU, Ivan Bakanov, submitted a draft law to Zelensky. On October 21, the then Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmitry Kuleba said that the document had been submitted for NATO analysis, the agency reported. UNN.

Bill №3196 was registered in the Verkhovna Rada on March 10, 2020, Zelensky designated it as urgent. After revision by the committee, it was re-registered in the new edition in October 2020 as №3196-d… The Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill as a basis January 28, 2021.

Bakanov said that the reform of the Security Service of Ukraine provides for the reorientation of its functions, in the first place – to protect the “critical infrastructure”; the preservation of the “economic functions” of the SBU is not envisaged.


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