BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Kyiv Post that the alliance is not considering additional steps to counter a new poll showing more Ukrainians view the alliance unfavorably than favorably.
“NATO provides strong political support for Ukraine and strong practical support for Ukraine. We support territorial integrity of Ukraine and we fully support the full implementation of the Minsk agreements to solve the crisis in eastern Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference at NATO headquarters, which on Feb. 15-16 is hosting a meeting of defense ministers from 28 member nations that don’t include Ukraine.
“The Ukrainian prime minister (Volodymyr Groysman) visited NATO last week. And I have regular meetings with President (Petro) Poroshenko and other representatives of the Ukrainian leadership. So we will continue to work, we will continue to provide support,” Stoltenberg continued. “ But Ukraine is a democratic society, with different views, different opinions and an open political debate. So that’s the fact that there different opinions about NATO. That’s part of an open and democratic debate, which is ongoing in Ukraine. We will be committed. We will stay strongly committed to Ukraine and to the partnership with Ukraine.”