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Russia should withdraw thousands of troops from Ukraine and stop supporting militants – Stoltenberg

NATO chief stressed the importance of reforms for Ukraine.

Russia should withdraw thousands of its military from Ukraine and stop supporting militants in Donbas, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said following a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on 10 July.

"We do not recognize and will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. NATO will continue to provide Ukraine with practical assistance," the secretary general said.

He said NATO has allocated about € 10mn to support Ukraine through 10 trust funds. Now we are working to provide Ukraine with modern satellite communications equipment," Stoltenberg added.

He also stressed that NATO advisers also support reforms in the security and defence sector of Ukraine.

"We urge you to continue the progress in this sector: these reforms are key to the prosperity and security of Ukraine," the head of the Alliance concluded.

A meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission was held in Kyiv earlier today.