12 Dec 2018 21:13

Ukraine promises NATO not to extend martial law if Russian "invasion threat" is removed

KYIV. Dec 12 (Interfax) - Martial law imposed on November 26 in ten Ukrainian regions will not be extended beyond December 26 if there will be no threat of external aggression by Russia, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said.

This and other topics were discussed at his meeting with NATO's chief liaison officer in Kyiv, Alexander Vinnikov, the Council's press service said on Wednesday evening.

At the meeting Turchynov noted that the introduction of martial law led to "a large-scale inspection of the whole system of training and mobilizing the country for countering a large-scale military aggression." "We are analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of our country's security and defense system and making relevant conclusions and adjustments," Turchynov said.

He stressed that "martial law will not be extended in case of an absent threat of a large-scale invasion" of Ukraine by Russian armed forces, the statement said.