: NATO steps up its support for Ukraine

15:56 Jun. 15, 2016

NATO steps up its support for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2016 (AP Photo)

Alliance members develop Comprehensive Package of Assistance for Ukraine to be adopted at summut in Warsaw 

Defence ministers of NATO member states developed a Comprehensive Package of Assistance for Ukraine, which will be finally approved at the summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July.

This was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission on June 15 in Brussels.

The package offers assistance in defences, communications, logistics, standardization, cyber defence, medical rehabilitation, strategic communications, hybrid threats and counter strategic capacity.

According to Stoltenberg, the assistance package aims to "help Ukraine establish more effective and efficient defence and security structures, and to strengthen civilian control over them." 

Stoltenberg said that their goal is to help Ukraine strengthen its defences by building stronger security structures. Special advisors will be deployed to fulfil the task, we are already working on it, he explained.

"The situation in eastern Ukraine, caused by Russia's actions, remains of concern," the Secretary General said.

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Ministers also expressed NATO's enduring support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, reiterating that Allies do not and will not recognise the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea.  


Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, center, waits for the start of a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2016 (AP Photo)

"Russia needs to stop supporting the militants, and withdraw its forces and military equipment from Ukrainian territory," said Mr. Stoltenberg.

However, NATO as an organization does not sell weapons and is not able to supply weapons to Ukraine, said Stoltenberg.

The NATO summit will take place in Warsaw on July 8-9. It will bring together presidents of 28 NATO member and partner countries.

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