The activities of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) will be aimed primarily at creating a modern and reliable system for protecting Ukraine's national economic and political interests, raising the country's level of security, strengthening Ukraine's partnerships based on equality, and strengthening the international community's confidence in Ukraine as a reliable partner.

This was announced by Anatolii Kinakh, who was appointed as the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council on Tuesday.

Kinakh believes that the National Security and Defense Council, the Presidential Secretariat, and the Cabinet of Ministers are the agencies on which the economic development and political stability of Ukraine as well as the prosperity of its citizens depend and that these agencies should perform their direct constitutional functions.

According to him, the main tasks of the National Security and Defense Council is to strengthen the country's internal and external security, particularly in such important areas as energy and information security, and introduce measures aimed at minimizing the economic and political risks facing the country within the context of admission into the World Trade Organization, acting global processes, and the escalation of competition on world markets.

According to him, the National Security and Defense Council will aim to work ahead of problems and participate in the formulation of the country's development strategy.

 
He also stressed the need to strengthen cooperation among the National Security and Defense Council, the Presidential Secretariat, and the Cabinet of Ministers as well as the need for the National Security and Defense Council to be staffed by highly qualified experts, analysts, scientists, and economists.

As a reminder, on Tuesday President Victor Yushchenko signed a decree to appoint Anatoliy Kinakh NSDC Secretary, the presidential press service informed.

Anatoliy Kinakh, was appointed First Vice Premier on February 3, 2005.

Anatoliy Kinakh was born in the village of Bratushany, Moldova. He graduated from the Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute as an engineer-shipbuilder.

Between 1978 and 1992 he worked at navy yards in Tallinn (Estonia) and Nickolaev.

In 1990 Kinakh was elected to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Between 1992 and 1994 he was the President's representative to Nickolaev region and Nickolaev Governor.

In 1995-1996 Kinakh was Vice Premier for industrial policies. Between 1996 and 2000 he was the President's non-staff adviser for industrial policies and was elected president of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ULIE).

In 1999 Anatoliy Kinakh was appointed First Vice Premier, and between 2001 and 2002 he was Prime Minister.

In April 2000 Kinakh was elected chairman of the Party of Ukrainian Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

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