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 NATO's stance on Ukraine not changed by Russian operation in Syria, - Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's participation in the anti-ISIL fight in Syria will not affect the Alliance's stance regarding Ukraine.

As reported by Censor.NET, he said this in an interview to French Figaro newspaper.

"We will never accept that Ukraine is a subject to bargaining," Stoltenberg said, as translated from his commentaries in French.

The Secretary General also noted that the stance of the Alliance regarding Ukraine's sovereignty and integrity has not changed. "We continue to support Ukraine, both politically and practically," he said, adding that cooperation with Kyiv might even be extended.

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"It is encouraging to see that the cease-fire is lasting for the first time: it has been respected since early September. Moreover, the parties have agreed within the trilateral working group of the heavy weapons withdrawal. This is another step forward. The situation is still fragile, the Russian troops remain in Ukraine, but it's encouraging," Stoltenberg commented.

Speaking of Russia's activities in Syria, Stoltenberg called on Russia to cooperate in the fight against ISIL and to search political solution for the conflict settlement.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n354459