22 October 2016

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NATO ready to step up support of Ukraine in countering Russian aggression

Secretary General of NATO Parliamentary Assembly David Hobbs says NATO has expressed its readiness to provide more support to Ukraine in the fight against the aggressive actions taken by Russia and Russian-backed militants in eastern Ukraine.

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He made the statement at a meeting with newly appointed head of the permanent delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), Iryna Friz, the Mission of Ukraine to NATO wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

At the meeting, the sides agreed the schedule of interaction until the end of the year and outlined the format of Ukrainian delegates' participation in the NATO PA autumn session to be hosted by Istanbul.

Next meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission may be held in DonbasFurther, Friz briefed Hobbs about the latest developments in the security situation in the east of Ukraine and gave the insight of negotiations held in the Normandy and Minsk formats.

Hobbs in turn reiterated the unchanged position of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in support Ukraine in countering illegal and aggressive actions of Russia and the militants it backs.

"The NATO PA's readiness to further strengthen that support has been confirmed. Holding a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Inter-Parliamentary Council in a region in eastern Ukraine in the near future was discussed in this aspect," the mission said.

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