Mon, Jul 11, 2016 - Page 5 News List

NATO promises to continue supporting Ukraine, keeps membership out of reach

Reuters, WARSAW

In another sign of a cautious thaw with Moscow, NATO and Russian envoys to Brussels are on Wednesday to meet for the second time since Crimea, including to discuss Ukraine.

Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said that NATO would benefit from Kiev’s experience of fighting “a hybrid war” against Russia on its soil, which she said included the deployment of troops with no insignia and a massive disinformation campaign.

Klympush-Tsintsadze defended Kiev’s record on reforms and vented frustration with the criticism from the West.

“Lack of prospective NATO membership for Ukraine has a negative impact on the security environment in the region,” she said. “The West needs to make a very strategic, long-term choice and not look for any excuses today to turn away from Ukraine.”

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