On Thursday, April 5, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the first reading the presidential draft law on national security. The parliamentary faction of Samopomich Union did not support the document, but offered an alternative draft law. MP Taras Pastukh from Samopomich notes that the President’s initiative is far from being a law on national security.
He explains, “The document guarantees the security of the authorities from the people, proposes a Soviet model of the management of the Armed Forces and the security sector. This is a model where it is a person that serves the state, not the state is created to serve the interests of the citizens. This approach will never let Ukraine become a member of the Alliance, and we will always be alone with our age-old enemy Russia.”
The politician continues, “The bill was written by those whose activities it should actually regulate. A rhetorical question arises – are they ready to create a bill in which all activities of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine will become transparent and accountable to the people? Are they ready to show for what kind of merits general’s positions are sold? Finally, will they explain to the society how come special police force “Berkut” which killed people during Maidan has become KORD that is now bringing the volunteers who saved the country in 2014-2015 to their knees?”
Secondly, according to the people’s deputy, the Verkhovna Rada has adopted as a basis the draft law to which whole sections and articles should be added. “There are risks that in the future it can be declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court,” says Taras Pastukh.
Thirdly, the politician adds, a number of comments have been made to the presidential document by the Chief Scientific and Expert Department of the Verkhovna Rada. The latter states that almost every article of the law contradicts the current legislation.
Consequently, Samopomich offered the parliament to send both presidential and alternative bills for a second reading and to develop a unified document taking into account the comments. However, people’s deputies made their own decision.
Therefore, the Samopomich faction will fully join the work on the document for the second reading in order to make the best of the law. However, it is noteworthy that at the time when the document was created, the faction offered the NSDC and the Presidential Administration its assistance and concrete suggestions. “However, they were not needed or heard either,” recalls Taras Pastukh.