NATO Secretary General: Ukraine is key to Euro-Atlantic security
20 Oct. 2016

NATO Secretary General: Ukraine is key to Euro-Atlantic security

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met on Thursday (20 October 2016) to discuss the security situation in Ukraine and how the Alliance can continue to support Kyiv. Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted that the Ukraine crisis continues to be “a black mark on the map of Europe.” He welcomed the efforts by leaders of the Normandy Format in Berlin yesterday, including the plan to create a new roadmap for implementing the Minsk Agreement.

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