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Ukraine asks NATO to help strengthen security of Ukraine's ammo depots

The request took place due to recent fire at ammunition depot in the town of Ichnia, Chernihiv region
19:55, 15 October 2018

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin asked NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to step up the work of the Trust Funds of the North Atlantic Alliance, designed to help strengthen the security of ammunition depots in Ukraine. It is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

According to the report, such a request was made during a personal meeting of the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and NATO Secretary General.

"When discussing areas of practical cooperation, Minister Klimkin asked to intensify the work of the NATO Trust Funds, designed to help strengthen the security of ammunition depots in Ukraine, which is particularly relevant in light of recent events in the city of Ichnya in Chernihiv region. The parties agreed on the need for joint continuous monitoring of the effectiveness of Alliance’s assistance to our state," the report says.

In addition, during the meeting, Klimkin discussed with Stoltenberg the common security challenges faced by the NATO member states and Ukraine, in particular the safe situation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

"The Secretary General confirmed that measures within the framework of an enhanced  presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, the adaptation and creation of new military structures, and the substantial increase in defense spending are a clear response of the Allies to Russia's growing aggressiveness," the message says.

It was also reported that the parties exchanged views on the work of the working mechanisms of a special partnership between Ukraine and NATO, in particular, meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the ministerial level. "According to the Secretary General, the key to unblocking the Commission’s work lies in the level of agreements between Ukraine and Hungary on ensuring the linguistic rights of the Hungarian minority. An important step will be the full implementation of the recommendations of the Venice Commission regarding the law of Ukraine on education," the report says.

Klimkin, in turn, noted that the goal of our state was to ensure equal rights for Transcarpathian residents, to create conditions for the full development of Ukrainian citizens, to support their languages, traditions, and culture.

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