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Ukraine gains strong NATO support at the Warsaw summit

Pre-summit press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the NATO Summit in Warsaw on 8 and 9 July 2016 (www.nato.int)

Heads of state and government of the NATO member countries have pledged more support for Ukraine. The results of the summit in Warsaw are in communique, issued on Saturday, July 9.

The Ukrainian question was one of the key themes during the event. The Warsaw Alliance’s summit started the new period in Ukraine’s-NATO relations. Kyiv is now set to reform its defence sector according to the Alliance’s rules and standards. The total transformation is to be met in 2020.

A number of important decisions were accepted:

  • Four battalions with 1,000 soldiers in each have been created for Poland and the three Baltic States, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
  • Further south, new Black Sea Defence cluster will be composed of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
  • In the latter, Ukraine is supposed also to participate. That, according to the Alliance leaders, will withhold “appetite” of the Kremlin.

57838b09c4618841658b458fThe NATO allies “are united in their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

In addition, NATO will continue to assist Ukraine in areas such as cyber defense, logistics and the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers.

“These decisions demonstrate that NATO stands firmly for Ukraine,” told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

In spite of this, that until the east of the country will continue to be an area of destabilization and friction with Russia, Kyiv can forget the membership of NATO.

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