NATO to support Ukraine, but no Enhanced Opportunities Partnership yet

Source : 112 Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg does not expect that the decision to grant the status of EOP will be taken at this summit
15:23, 11 July 2018


NATO will not yet offer Ukraine the Enhanced Opportunities Partnership (EOP) just yet, but will continue supporting Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated this Wednesday during the summit in Brussels, answering to the question of the Ukrainian MP Anna Hopko, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"I do not expect that the decision will be made during this summit, but I know that we will continue our support for Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

At the same time, Stoltenberg noted that for today there are "many tools for developing relations with Ukraine."

"We have a support plan, we have approved a package of assistance, trust funds, and we need to focus on this, and also on supporting reforms in Ukraine," the Secretary General said.

Related: Protest in Brussels against Trump's participation in NATO summit

As it was reported earlier, Donald Trump said Wednesday that Germany was under complete control of Russia because of Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He said this during power breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels before the summit. 

Trump noted that the United States is expected to "defend them against Russia," when Germany is making "billions of dollars" in energy payments to Moscow. "I think it's something that NATO has to look at," Trump said.

Stoltenberg tried to defend, saying that while there may be differences of opinion within the alliance, "we are stronger together than apart."

Trump retorted by again asking how the NATO alliance could be stronger when Germany is "making Russia richer."

Related: NATO concerned about possible agreements between U.S. and Russia bypassing allies

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