Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

at the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Foreign Affairs Ministers session

  • 01 Apr. 2014
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  • Last updated: 02 Apr. 2014 08:35

Ministers,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to this meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Foreign Ministers' session.

We all condemn Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. We fully support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. And the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future without outside interference.

At this crucial time, we stand with Ukraine. We commend the remarkable restraint shown by the Ukrainian authorities and armed forces. And we are meeting today to show our support to your future development as a strong democracy.

We will discuss the latest developments. We will look at further steps to deepen our military cooperation. And we will see how what more we can do to support international efforts in responding to this crisis. Because a political and diplomatic solution is the only way forward.

With that, let me conclude the public part of our session. I thank the representatives of the Media for their attendance.