Russia’s failure to comply with the Minsk agreements will be one of the major topics for discussion during the oncoming NATO summit in Brussels, slated for Thursday, May 25. Jens Stoltenberg, the Alliance’s Secretary General said that at a briefing in the Belgian capital.
‘I assume Normandy Four member countries, namely Germany and France will be talking about Minsk agreement. We should remember Ukraine is the main reason why NATO is expanding its presence in the Baltic States and Poland. We support economic sanctions imposed by the EU, the U.S. and other countries against Russia,’ he said.
Stoltenberg added that the Alliance has been concerned about the lack of any progress in terms of fulfilling Minsk agreements. ‘We witness a lot of violations to the ceasefire mode; no heavy weaponry withdrawal is observed. We’re concerned by the fact that OSCE SMM monitors were not allowed (to certain militant-held areas in eastern Ukraine, - 112 International). Recently, we learned that one of them was killed, and several more were wounded,’ the Alliance’s Secretary General concluded.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel initiated the meeting of the Normandy Four; that means leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia could meet in the near time to discuss the latest developments in Donbas conflict and ways to solve it peacefully.