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We are calling for Russia to withdraw its support for the separatists – NATO Sec. Gen. J. Stoltenberg


Pre-ministerial press conference was hold by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium, on May 11, 2015.

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council on 13-14 May in Antalya, Turkey:

“Ukraine is valued partner of NATO. And we will hold a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council at this critical time when we meet in Antalya.”

General Jens Stoltenberg talked about close relations between Ukraine and NATO:

“NATO is already working closely with Ukraine. We are supporting defence reforms. Helping to set up stronger command, control, and communications.”

“Effective cyber defence.”

“And to rehabilitate wounded soldiers.”

Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Russian Federation had a special responsibility for the violation of the Minsk Agreements and escalation of the war in Eastern Ukraine:

“But in Eastern Ukraine we see more loss of life, a rise in ceasefire violations, obstruction of the monitors and continued Russian support for the separatists. This is a disturbing trend in the wrong direction.”

“The full implementation of the Minsk agreements is the best way forward to a peaceful solution.”

“And Russia has a special responsibility to make this happen. So we will also address the strategic implications of a more assertive Russia.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined that Russia had to stop supporting the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine:

“Anyway we are calling for Russia to withdraw its support for the separatists because it is the violation of the Minsk Agreements, and to stop support the separatists and to respect the border between Russia and Ukraine,” said General Jens Stoltenberg

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