NATO demonstrates solidarity with Ukraine, stands for Minsk implementation – Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed the Alliance's support of the Ukrainian state and stressed the need for the full implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas.
"We are also here to demonstrate NATO's solidarity with Ukraine and our firm support for the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of your country," Stoltenberg said at a Ukraine-NATO Commission meeting in Kyiv on Monday. "Russia has maintained its aggressive actions against Ukraine. But NATO and NATO Allies stand on your side. NATO Allies do not, and will not, recognise Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea."
According to the Secretary General, NATO is concerned about ongoing fighting in Donbas.
"And we remain concerned by the security situation in Eastern Ukraine, which has already cost thousands of lives," he said.
The Minsk agreements must be fully implemented and OSCE monitors be granted full, safe and unhindered access to the whole of Ukraine, he added.