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 Russia tries to portray crisis in Ukraine as civil war, - NATO Secretary-General

Russia is destabilizing eastern Ukraine, providing support for separatists, ammunition, funding equipment and also command and control.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said following the NATO-Russia Council meeting, Censor.NET reports.

He said: "During the meeting it was reconfirmed that we disagree both when it comes to the facts, the narratives, and the responsibilities for the crisis in and around Ukraine. And many Allies also conveyed a very strong message that we disagree when Russia try to portray this as a civil war. This is Russia destabilizing Eastern Ukraine, providing support for separatists, ammunition, funding equipment and also command and control."

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"There were profound disagreements related to the crisis in Ukraine, but we agreed on the importance of full and rapid implementations of the Minsk agreements, meaning respecting the cease-fire, withdrawal of heavy weapons, and also, of course, full access for the international monitors to monitor the situation on the ground," NATO Secretary General

"And I think it is important that this is a clear message and is something which we agree on. And then of course we have to be able to see that this is not only something which is stated in meetings, but also then implemented on the ground and Russia has a special responsibility because Russia continues to support separatists in Eastern Ukraine," he stressed.

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