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 NATO to retain support for Ukraine, - Stoltenberg

Russia continues to systematically violate the Minsk agreements, so NATO deems it necessary to retain its aid for Ukraine.

As reported by Censor.NET citing ZN.UA, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

He said the Alliance has not halted political dialogue with Russia, while it does not mean the relations between them are as they once were. NATO is seeing the most extensive rearmament since the Cold War, Stoltenberg added. According to him, the Alliance has consistently and strongly aided Ukraine, providing different practical support: logistic, material, and training.

The secretary general stressed that NATO stands for peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbas through negotiations, while noting that the Minsk agreements are not implemented: armed provocations do not cease, heavy weapons have not been removed from the contact line. Under these circumstances, the Alliance deems it necessary to retain its aid for Ukraine, Stoltneberg said, adding that NATO is in constant touch with Kyiv.

He also claimed that NATO is reinforcing the defense of its eastern borders in view of the growing threat of Russia's aggression.

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