NATO Reaffirms Support for Ukraine, Reveals Plans for Joint Exercises

World | June 25, 2015, Thursday // 20:02|  views

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the second day of the Nato Defense Ministers council at alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 25 June 2015. Photo: EPA

Following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission on Thursday, the Alliance reaffirmed its support for Ukraine and revealed plans for holding joint exercises with its partner country.

NATO Defence Ministers and their Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak discussed the security situation in the country and reviewed the assistance provided by the Alliance.

Stoltenberg noted the excellent performance of Ukraine despite all the challenges the country was faced with.

On the one hand, Ukraine had to deal with heavily-armed separatists, who are supported and trained by Russia, while on the other hand it was carrying out reforms in times of serious economic crisis.

Stoltenberg assured that the Alliance will continue to support Ukraine in both political and practical ways, including through five NATO trust funds.

The Secretary General added that NATO is cooperating with Ukraine on civil emergency planning and disaster management and will conduct a joint exercise in this area later in the autumn.

Stoltenberg assured that all member countries stood firm in their support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and called on Russia to stop its efforts at destabilising the country.

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Tags: NATO, Ukraine, Defence, Russia, Jens Stoltenberg, exercise, separatists, Stepan Poltorak


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