NATO: There is no civil war in Ukraine


Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg said that the crisis in Ukraine it’s not civil war, but rather the destabilization from Russia.

This Stoltenberg said after the Russia-NATO Council.

The Secretary-General said that during the meeting it was reaffirmed that the Alliance and Russia have a divergence of opinion when it comes to facts and understanding of who is responsible for the crisis in Ukraine.

“Many allies also passed a very strong message that we do not agree with how Russia is trying to portray it (the crisis) as a civil war. This is Russia who destabilizes Eastern Ukraine by supporting the separatists with ammunition, money, equipment, and also provides management and control. Therefore, we have a deep disagreement related to the crisis in Ukraine, but we agreed on the importance of rapid and full implementation of the Minsk agreements, which means respect for the ceasefire, the withdrawal of all heavy weapons, and also, no doubt, (providing) full access to international observers for monitoring the situation on the ground,” – said Stoltenberg.

In this regard, he said that it is a clear signal to Russia, and this is what the NATO-Russia Council agreed: “We need to be able to see that this is not something that was (only) stated at the meeting, but also put into practice. And Russia has a special responsibility, because Russia continues to support separatists in eastern Ukraine“.