In the framework of the working visit to the European
institutions in Brussels, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has met with NATO Deputy Secretary General
In particular, the parties tackled the escalation of
hostilities in eastern Ukraine and support for Ukraine by NATO.
The NATO member States expressed strong support for Ukraine’s
territorial integrity and sovereignty, stressed the NATO Deputy Secretary
General Rose Gottemoeller during the conversation
with journalists on the outcome of the negotiations.
"Since Russia’s aggressive actions began three years
ago, NATO has stood by Ukraine. This will not change”, she said. “NATO does not,
and will not, recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and we condemn Russia’s
continuing destabilization of eastern Ukraine. We are deeply concerned by the
recent spike in violence."
Groysman informed the interlocutors on the new spike of the Russia's aggression
against Ukraine along the contact line in the east of the country and, in
particular, on the situation in Avdiyivka, which had
suffered the most massive attack.
Minister thanked the NATO member countries for their unwavering support for
we heard today is a unanimous support for Ukraine in such a difficult time. We highly
evaluate our cooperation with the NATO in all spheres. We are very grateful for
the support", said the Head of Ukrainian Government.
The NATO Deputy
Secretary General noted that the ceasefire in Donbas had been violated almost every
day for the last two years. Last week, the OSCE mission registered over 10
thousand ceasefire violations in a single day, including with heavy weapons
banned under the Minsk Agreements.
seen the heaviest fighting in the past two years. We must not accept this as “the
new normal”. It is essential that OSCE monitors are granted free access to all
of Ukraine. Up to the border with Russia, as required by the Minsk Agreements”,
stressed Rose Gottemoeller.
regard, the NATO Deputy Secretary General accentuated that Russia has a special
responsibility for not abiding by the Minsk Agreements.
The meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary
General Rose Gottemoeller took place because
of the illness of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
At the beginning of the meeting Rose Gottemoeller told: “The Secretary General regrets very much
being unwell today and unable to meet with you today”.
In turn, Volodymyr Groysman wished the
Secretary General speedy recovery.