NATO to strengthen army ties with Ukraine
Monday, March 17, 2014
BRUSSELS (AA) – NATO has pledged to strengthen its military cooperation with Ukraine after Crimea voted to split from the country and instead join Russia, NATO’s Secretary General said.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on his twitter account, after his meeting with Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsy, that the so-called referendum in Crimea is illegal and illegitimate and that it violated Ukrainian constitution and international law and therefore NATO does not recognize the results.
In a written statement Rasumussen said that Sunday’s so-called referendum undermined international efforts to find a peaceful and political solution to the Ukraine crisis and violated the Ukrainian constitution and international law. He also reiterated the organization’s firm commitment to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, and the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine’s frontiers.
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