11:40 May. 5, 2016
Curtis Scaparrotti says the Alliance should provide Kyiv with means to defend its territory
Russia is very active in eastern Ukraine and NATO should support Kyiv in its conflict with Moscow. The Alliance needs to provide the Ukrainians with what they need to protect their territory and sovereignty.
This is according to Curtis Scaparrotti, the new Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Scaparotti says he doesn't expect Russia to withdraw from Ukraine any time soon. So the Alliance should think on how it can stop the Kremlin in the Donbas region.
"Now, I'll take a look at that as the SACEUR, specifically, I need to assess what weapons are best, what capabilities they (Ukraine) can use, what capabilities are complementary to their forces today", Scaparrotti says during the joint press conference with the head of NATO Jens Stoltenberg.
The Commander adds he will make "a more refined decision as he gets into the new job".
Former U.S. army General Curtis Scaparrotti was appointed the new Supreme Allied Commander Europe on May 3. He replaced Philip Breedlove who was in charge of NATO forces in the region since 2013.