Obama calls on NATO, EU to boost support for Ukraine
U.S. President Barack Obama has called NATO and the European Union to strengthen support for Ukraine in his op-ed for The Financial Times.
"We need to deepen security co-operation between NATO and the EU and increase our support for Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity. And even as our nations remain open to a more constructive relationship with Russia, we should agree that sanctions on Russia must remain in place until Moscow fully implements its obligations under the Minsk agreements," he wrote in his piece for FT.
According to Obama, "in Warsaw, we must reaffirm our determination — our duty under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty — to defend every NATO ally."
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