they insist the russians are doing everything nefarious and you have no right to ask them for evidence

NATO Vows Support For Ukraine Against Russia’s “Aggressive Actions”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 12 2017


Just a few short days after Pres Trump’s ‘relative’ rapprochement with Pres Putin, his ‘allies’ in NATO have stepped up the rhetoric in a very sensitive area for Putin, as NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged support for Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday. As reports, Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of smuggling weapons and troops across the porous border in support of the separatists, a charge has repeatedly denied. Stoltenberg said at the NATO-Ukraine Commission session in Kiev, during a joint presser with Poroshenko:

Russia has maintained its aggressive actions against Ukraine, but NATO and NATO allies stand by Ukraine and stand on your side. Russia must withdraw its thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants. … We are also here to demonstrate NATO’s solidarity with Ukraine and our firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of your country. NATO allies do not and will not recognize Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. NATO will continue to support Ukraine on the path towards closer relationships with NATO.

The NATO chief’s trip came a day after Rex Tillerson made a maiden visit to Kiev and urged Moscow to take the “first step” to ease the conflict in Ukraine’s east. Ukraine sees NATO accession as a way to bolster its defenses against Moscow. In June, Ukraine’s parliament voted to back attempts by the nation to seek membership of NATO. It approved legal amendments enshrining membership in NATO as a foreign policy priority.

Poroshenko explained that embattled Ukraine was eager to join the bloc, but painful political and economic reforms need to be implemented before the country was ready to lay out its claims on membership. Poroshenko told journalists: “We are determined to (make) reforms to meet the membership criteria.”

Kremlin spox Dmitri Peskov said:

It will not contribute to the strengthening of stability and security on the European continent.

Kiev has yet to officially apply to start the lengthy and politically challenging process of joining NATO.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s