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NATO Secretary General addresses Verkhovna Rada

NATO: Addressing the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg encouraged parliamentarians to advance Ukraine’s ambitious reforms. “You have the opportunity to work together across party lines, for the benefit of all citizens of Ukraine and to embrace the possibilities that come with a free, open and democratic society,” he said.

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In his speech to the Ukrainian Parliament NATO Secretary reminded that it been more than five years since Russian soldiers illegally annexed Crimea and stressed that NATO doesn’t recognize this act. He said:” This single act dealt a cruel blow to Ukraine. And it undermined peace and stability in all of Europe. NATO does not accept Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. We call on Russia to return control of the peninsula to Ukraine. And to stop its destabilizing actions in eastern Ukraine. All NATO Allies, from Europe and North America, are united in their condemnations of Russia’s behavior.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg adrressing the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine ©NATO

He stressed that the “step in the right direction”the exchange of prisoners. “Together with efforts in the Normandy format, this could contribute to the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements. Russia bears significant responsibility for the implementation of these agreements. “- noted Jens Stoltenberg.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg adrressing the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine ©NATO

He emphasized that NATO increased the support to the Ukrainian navy in the Black Sea, including cooperation with Ukrainian navy. WFor the future it is planned greater information sharing, port visits and exercises. Individual NATO Allies also provide significant military training to Ukrainian forces, showing the importance of the transatlantic link also in partnership with Ukraine.
NATO Secretary reminded, that Ukraine took part in NATO missions around the world. From training mission in Afghanistan to deploying a heavy engineering unit to Kosovo. He added: ” Ukraine helps to improve Euro-Atlantic security. And I thank you for that.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg adrressing the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine ©NATO