As reported by Censor.NET referring to UNIAN, this was stated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO-Ukraine Council which was for the first time attended by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
According to Stoltenberg, the allies were meeting to reaffirm NATO's solidarity with Ukraine at the time of ongoing violations of the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia's aggressive actions.
"The allies do not and will not recognize Russia's illegal annexation of [the Ukrainian region of] Crimea," Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe quoted Stoltenberg as saying.
The NATO chief also noted that the allies were concerned about the lack of progress in implementing the Minsk agreements adding that the security situation in the Donbas had actually deteriorated since the last Council meeting in December.
According to him, the ways out of the developed situation will be discussed at the NATO-Ukraine Council meeting while Ukraine's progress in the implementation of reforms will be assessed as well. Stoltenberg said the allies were also going to reaffirm their commitment to provide political and practical support to Ukraine.