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Poroshenko, Stoltenberg meet in Brussels

The sides noted the importance of the further development of the practical cooperation of Ukraine with NATO
20:01, 13 May 2019

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine and Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held the meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on May 13 as presidential press service reported.

“President of Ukraine thanked NATO and Jens Stoltenberg for his consistent consolidated support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as practical assistance in the strengthening of the country's defense capability,” the message said.

Poroshenko emphasized the consistency of the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine’s integration defined by law. It is highly supported by Ukrainian society as the press service noted.

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The head of the state expressed the hope that the state-members of the Alliance would support the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine, which is ready to begin the fulfillment of the Membership Action Plan. The necessity of the next NATO’s summit in London for recording of Euro-Atlantic ambitions of Ukraine was emphasized.

The sides also noted the importance of the further development of the practical cooperation of Ukraine with NATO, first of all, to strengthen the security of the waters of Black and Azov Seas. Moreover, the necessity to increase the pressure put on Russia to release the captured Ukrainian sailors was emphasized.

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Poroshenko and Stoltenberg also discussed the issues of the preparation to the visit of NATO Council to Ukraine as it is planned for July.

“Jens Stoltenberg noted the reforms in Ukraine carried out under the leadership of President Petro Poroshenko, including the reforms that approached Ukraine to the NATO membership,” the message said.

Earlier, President Poroshenko signed the program of intensification of Ukraine-NATO partnership. On April 4, the head of the state congratulated on the 70th anniversary, posting the respective message on Facebook.

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The President stated that Ukraine highly evaluates the NATO's solidarity and its stable support in view of the Russian aggression. He stressed that all these years, Ukraine confidently made its way to the North Atlantic Alliance, and it is now 'ready to take the long-anticipated commitments and begin to implement the Action plan to join the NATO'.

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