BRUSSELS, Belgium (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, 13th December 2018, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met to discuss developments in and around the Sea of Azov as well as the Alliance’s backing for Ukraine. During the meeting it was confirmed that the North Atlantic Alliance will support Ukraine with the supply of secure communications. The equipment will be delivered by the end of the year and it is intended it to assist Kiev in its counteraction to the destabilization efforts by Russia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Stoltenberg said, “Today, I told President Poroshenko that we will deliver secure communications equipment for the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the end of this year. We are also supporting Ukraine to improve its naval capabilities, logistics and cyber defence.”
NATO Secretary General affirmed that the Alliance will continue to provide Ukraine with strong political and practical support, including around 40 million euros pledged by Allies for NATO-Ukraine Trust Funds.
Stoltenberg praised President Poroshenko for his commitment to the democratic process, underlining that good governance and reform will bring Ukraine closer to joining the Alliance, as well as the ‘calm and restraint’ position of Ukraine during that naval standoff with Russia last month.
“Allies recognise Ukraine’s aspirations to join the Alliance,” said Jens Stoltenberg and encouraged Ukraine to continue implementing key reforms, including toward greater civilian control over the security and intelligence services, anti-corruption and minority rights.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg repeated a call for Russia to free the sailors seized during the international incident in the Sea of Azov last month on 25 November 2018, during which the Russian coast guard of the border service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) fired upon and captured three Ukrainian Navy vessels attempting to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait on their way to the port of Mariupol, south-eastern Ukraine.
“There can be no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and sailors,” commented Stoltenberg.
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Source: NATO, Shephard Media, Wikipedia