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 Russian aggression in Ukraine poses challenge to European security, - NB8 Ministers' statement

Russian aggression in Ukraine and its behaviour in the region more broadly, including military build-up, pose a challenge to European security, also in the Nordic and Baltic region.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement made by the Nordic and Baltic Ministers for Foreign Affairs convened today in Copenhagen to exchange views concerning the security situation in the Nordic and Baltic region.

The statement reads: "Russian aggression in Ukraine and its behaviour in the region more broadly, including military build-up, pose a challenge to European security, also in the Nordic and Baltic region. The Nordic and Baltic countries face these challenges with mutual solidarity and co-operation."

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"The ministers also discussed the continued destabilizing role of Russia in Eastern Ukraine. Full implementation by all sides of the Minsk agreements respecting Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, based on democratic principles, remain of utmost importance.

"The ministers also emphasized their support for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) and the importance of the mission's unhindered ability to carry out its mandate. The ministers expressed deep concern over the recent increase in violence and harassment of the OSCE SMM. The ministers urged all sides to fully observe the cease-fire agreement and ensure the safety and freedom of movement of SMM monitors and other international agencies in accordance with their mandate.

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"The ministers also discussed the situation in Ukraine, and the need to step up support to Ukrainian reforms and economy. The Ukrainian reform process is of strategic importance to Ukraine, to the broader region and to the EU."
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n350461
 
 
 
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