Ukrainian President Poroshenko praises cooperation and training taking place between Ukraine and the West
On the sidelines of a nuclear summit in Washington, Ukraine's president stresses the close cooperation between his country and the West in the military sphere.
Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: "By the way we have an extremely successful cooperation with our armed forces. Several times a year I come to our Yavoriv Training Center, having a joint training exercise with the participation of Ukrainian, American, Canadian British and some European countries. Soldiers for the effective communication we never had it before now but battalion after battalion, we have joint training exercises demonstrating that we are effective building up the trust between our countries"
Poroshenko's comments were addressed to members of the diplomatic core, ministers and members of the president's executive staff.
Earlier on Wednesday the British foreign Minster Philip Hammond said that Russia is moving further away from having Western sanctions lifted over its role in the Ukraine crisis.
International monitors have warned of increasing violence in eastern Ukraine, saying militants backed by Russia have moved heavy weaponry back to the front line.
Western powers also say they have satellite images, videos and other evidence to show Russia is providing weapons to the rebels and that Moscow has troops engaged in the conflict that erupted following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014.
Russia denies such accusations.
Reporting by Reuters