NATO’s Stoltenberg begins first visit to Ukraine

Stoltenberg was speaking to reporters near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on September 21.


North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday an ebb in violence in eastern Ukraine was not enough to bring peace and demanded Russian Federation withdraw heavy weapons the alliance accuses it of providing in support of separatists.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Secretary…

He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the parliamentary speaker, and will attend a meeting of Ukraine´s National Security and Defence Council, it said.

Former president Viktor Yanukovich was pressed from office by street protests past year – events described by the Kremlin as a coup – after moving the country closer to Moscow and eschewing a partnership deal with the EU.

Ex-Soviet Ukraine says it wants to join the US-led security bloc but North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been lukewarm on the proposal.

“Is Ukraine ready to become a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?”

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has ratcheted up its activities in eastern Europe, rotating troops and equipment in its ex-Communist members to ease fears of Russian expansionism.

Ukrainian officials said 1,100 rescuers from 34 countries are taking part in the exercise.

The move is the latest attempt to stop a conflict that has killed some 8,000 people since April 2014 and left nearly 18,000 wounded, according to United Nations figures. The Secretary General will meet the President, Mr.


“For a true solid lull, the Russian soldiers must leave” the territory of Ukraine, he added.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko left and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talk in a helicopter on the way to a military training ground outside Lviv western Ukraine Monday Sept. 21 2015