He said this at a press conference in Brussels today, June 13, before the meeting of Defense Ministers of the NATO member states, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
According to secretary-general, the Alliance is deeply concerned about the ongoing violations of the cease-fire as well as the large number of people who have lost their lives fighting in the east of Ukraine. Stoltenberg said this fact had only emphasized the importance of making every effort for the cease-fire deal to be followed and the observers to be able to monitor its implementation.
Stoltenberg believes Russia bears special responsibility since it continues supporting militants in eastern Ukraine providing them with equipment and other kinds of assistance.
He stressed that the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the full implementation of the Minsk agreements was to be performed while there was no other way for a peaceful solution to the situation in Ukraine except the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
In this regard, the NATO secretary-general noted that the Alliance would support all efforts aimed at the implementation of the cease-fire and granting the full access to observers.
As reported by the NSDC, the Russian-terrorist groups have killed 10,000 and injured more than 20,000 Ukrainians over the past two years. Some 1.8 million people have been forced to leave their homes.
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