BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – NATO is “firm” in its support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, at a press conference during the NATO Summit in Brussels on Tuesday.
Stoltenberg said that “NATO and [its] allies continue to support the reform process [in Ukraine] by providing advice, training and equipment.”
Poroshenko said he appreciated the commitment of the Alliance’s support for Ukraine and welcomed NATO’s effort at strengthening its partnership with Ukraine.
He continued, reaffirming that the “integration to the EU and NATO” remains the focus of his and the country’s foreign policy. “Our objective is to achieve NATO-standard and full interoperability with NATO forces by 2020.”
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: “NATO is firm in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And we strongly condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains serious. With repeated violations of the ceasefire and human rights every day. The Minsk Agreements remain the path to peace. So all parties need to implement their commitments. And Russia has a special responsibility. It must withdraw its troops and its support for the militants in Ukraine.”
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: “NATO and allies continue to support the reform process by providing advice, training and equipment. The Comprehensive Assistance Package of political and practical measures is also part of this support. And it includes expert advisers in Kiev. And projects in areas like cyber defence, medical rehabilitation and logistics.”
SOT, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General: “The focus now is on reforms. You are making important progress. The adoption of a new Law on National Security is a welcome step. The Law is key to establish civilian control and democratic oversight over the armed forces and the security services. The implementation of the Law is now necessary so that this reform can take effect. So I encourage you to keep up the momentum. This will bring Ukraine closer to NATO.”
SOT, Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: “Our objective is to achieve NATO standard and full interoperability with NATO forces by the year 2020, exactly as they mentioned in the Law. In order to accomplish this, we are implementing the annual national programme under the NATO-Ukraine commission. This unique programme is an effective tool directing all our efforts toward one ultimate goal: to make Ukraine prepared for the future NATO membership.”
SOT, Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: “Integration to the EU and NATO is absolutely the top priority of my foreign policy as president of Ukraine and foreign policy of the country. This is a civilisational choice strongly supported now by Ukrainian nation. And this is why I have an intention to fix strategic cause of trans-Atlantic integration in the constitution of Ukraine, just not to allow anybody to backslide.”
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