Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba visited NATO headquarters in Brussels and met with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg.
Speaking at the press conference held after the meeting, Stoltenberg stated that Russia has sent thousands of combat-ready soldiers to the Ukrainian border in recent days, and that he is following the situation with concern.
Stoltenberg stated that this is the biggest military buildup since the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, and stressed that many Ukrainian soldiers have lost their lives in the clashes in the east of Ukraine in recent days.
“RUSSIA MUST REDUCE TENSION”
“Russia’s military buildup is illegitimate, inexplicable and deeply alarming. Russia must immediately end this build-up in and around Ukraine, end the provocations, and ease tensions,” Stoltenberg said. said.
Calling Russia to abide by its international responsibilities, Stoltenberg said, “NATO’s support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine is unshakable. We will not accept Russia’s illegitimate and illegal annexation of Crimea.” used the expression.
“NATO continues to stand by Ukraine,” Stoltenberg asked Russia not to support pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and to withdraw its forces from Russian soil. he spoke.