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 No grounds for Russian criticism of NATO's support for Ukraine, - Stoltenberg

The Russian Federation has no reasons to criticize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for its support to Ukraine.

Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said at news conference in Tbilisi on Sept. 7, Censor.NET reports citing Europeiska Pravda.

According to Stoltenberg, Ukraine is an independent state and it has a legal right to ask for support and to receive it. So there are no grounds for criticism against NATO for supporting the democratic government, the secretary-general said.

The diplomat reminded that NATO provided support to Ukraine through several trust funds in logistics, management, and military sector reforms areas.

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Stoltenberg said that the Ukraine-NATO Commission had been set up as a platform for practical and political cooperation between the two parties. The secretary-general noted that NATO summit in Warsaw this summer was a key event for setting NATO's policy towards Russia, which is military reinforcement, but also includes a political dialogue.

According to Stoltenberg, military reinforcement and dialogue can go together - the reinforcement is needed to conduct this political talk with Russia. Russia remains NATO's largest neighbor, so the Alliance needs this dialogue to prevent incidents like the one in Turkey, Jens Stoltenberg stressed.
 
 
 
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