Russia's Permanent Mission to OSCE calls on NATO to drop arms supplies to Ukraine
Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the OSCE Vladimir Zheglov has called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to abandon arms supplies to Ukraine, in particular, Turkish-made strike unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
"Arms are being supplied from NATO member states to Ukraine. Last week, the media reported that [Turkish] Baykar Makina had completed supplies of Bayraktsar TB2 strike unmanned aerial vehicles. We urge [NATO Allies] to refrain from exporting weapons that may emerge in Donbas," said the official, the Russian Foreign ministry's press service told UNIAN on November 1.
In addition, Zheglov called on the United States and the European Union to urge the Ukrainian leadership to make "certain steps toward peace."
He was also outraged by the meetings of the NATO North Atlantic Council and the Ukraine-NATO Commission held in Kyiv.
"A false geopolitical bloc-minded choice is being stubbornly imposed on Ukraine. This leads to division lines being created not only in Europe, but also within Ukraine," Zheglov claimed.
As UNIAN reported earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday addressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, reiterating the Alliance's support for the country. He noted continued practical support through the Comprehensive Assistance Package.
NATO has been helping Ukraine implement crucial reforms, improve command and control within the military, increase military education and training, encourage the adoption of NATO standards, and be more resilient against hybrid threats, cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns, he recalled.