NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to NATO Headquarters on Tuesday for a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission on the security situation in and around Ukraine.
“Russia’s considerable military build-up is unjustified, unexplained, and deeply concerning”, said the Secretary General.
He called on Russia to end this military build-up, stop its provocations and de-escalate immediately. The Secretary General also reiterated NATO’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and he underlined that NATO will continue to provide significant political and practical support to Ukraine.
“We are seriously concerned by ongoing developments. And NATO is monitoring the situation very closely. In recent weeks, Russia has moved thousands of combat-ready troops to Ukraine’s borders.
The largest massing of Russian troops since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Over the last days, several Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in eastern Ukraine.
I want to express my condolences for the recent losses suffered by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Russia’s considerable military build-up is unjustified, unexplained, and deeply concerning. Russia must end this military build-up in and around Ukraine. Stop its provocations. And de-escalate immediately.”
Read the full transcript of the joint press point here.