NATO Secretary General in Washington to discuss Ukraine crisis, Wales Summit

  • 18 Mar. 2014 - 19 Mar. 2014
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  • Last updated: 19 Mar. 2014 04:15

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the crisis in Ukraine and preparations for this September’s NATO summit in Wales in talks with senior United States government officials in Washington DC on Tuesday (18 March 2014). The Secretary General attended a working dinner hosted by US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, together with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel welcomes NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Pentagon

They stressed the importance of a unified international response to Russia's continued violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty and breach of international law. They examined the implications of the crisis for the Wales Summit and reviewed the whole range of NATO's agenda in preparation for the meeting of Alliance foreign ministers in early April.

On Wednesday (19 March), Mr Fogh Rasmussen is attending a breakfast meeting at the Atlantic Council on maintaining the strength of the transatlantic bond. He will receive a Hillary Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University. He will also hold a speech at the Brookings Institution about why NATO matters for North America, at a time when the Ukraine crisis demonstrates our security cannot be taken for granted.