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 NATO concerned about escalation in Ukraine’s east, insists on Minsk agreements implementation, - Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern about the increase in the number of cease-fire violations in the Donbas and reiterated the need to observe the Minsk agreements.

He said in an interview with Inter TV channel on Sunday night, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

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The secretary-general said that the Alliance was concerned about the escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, adding that the full implementation of all entries of the Minsk agreements was the only way to resolve it.

Asked whether he supported providing lethal weapons to Ukraine as part of assistance, the NATO secretary-general said that the Alliance along with many countries helped Ukraine to strengthen its defense capability, including with advice, while some states provided their own assistance within bilateral cooperation - in particular, by training the Ukrainian troops. However, he stressed that NATO had got no armament and the countries were free to provide weapons, including lethal, since it was not the issue the Alliance could tackle.

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Jens Stoltenberg also acknowledged the progress the Ukrainian government made in implementation of reforms, in particular in the defense sector.
 
 
 
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