NATO leaders confirm strong support for Ukraine
NATO leaders agreed to step up support for Ukraine at the final working session of the Warsaw Summit on Saturday (9 July 2016). In a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, the 28 Allied leaders reviewed the security situation with President Poroshenko, welcomed the government’s plans for reform, and endorsed a Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine. The Package aims to help make Ukraine’s defence and security institutions more effective, efficient and accountable.
“The Trust Funds we set up at our last Summit are already assisting Ukraine in areas such as cyber-defence, logistics and the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “In the future, we will work on other areas as well – for instance to counter threats from improvised explosive devices and from hybrid warfare,” he said.
Leaders expressed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and stressed their non-recognition of Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. They further condemned Russia’s continuing destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, and called on all parties to fully implement the Minsk Agreements. Ukraine was commended for undertaking major reforms and counter-corruption initiatives, and was urged to continue implementing them.
The Secretary General stressed that “an independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security,” and that “NATO is committed to helping Ukraine achieve that goal.”