NATO demands Russia to end assistance to separatists

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NATO’s secretary general,Jens Stoltenberg, demanded on Wednesday that Russia end its alleged assistance to Ukrainian separatists. The remarks by NATO’s secretary general came on the second and final day of a NATO summit in Brussels.

CCTV’s Jack Barton has this report from the Belgian capital.

NATO demands Russia to end assistance to separatists

NATO demands Russia to end assistance to separatists

NATO’s secretary general,Jens Stoltenberg, demanded on Wednesday that Russia end its alleged assistance to Ukrainian separatists. The remarks by NATO’s secretary general came on the second and final day of a NATO summit in Brussels.

“Russia continues to support the separatists in different ways, they provide support with material, with equipment, with weapons, and also different kinds of advice and assistance. They also mass troops along the Ukrainian border,” Stoltenberg said.

“We talk about ceasefire, how can we talk about ceasefire when it is violated 50 or more times per day, 60 times How can you call it a ceasefire How can we mean it when we have wounded servicemen everyday, with loss of lives everyday So it’s very difficult to call it a ceasefire,” Stepan Poltorak the Ukrainian Minister of Defense said.

NATO also criticized Russia’s decision to launch snap military checks on combat readiness, warning they undermined stability.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the checks after NATO announced on Tuesday that it would deploy four battalions near Russia’s border next year.

But the Kremlin has also accused NATO of creating a new cold war.

NATO is now planning to train Iraqi officers and provide other direct support to combat ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, where the U.S. and other coalition members are already engaged.

The details will be finalized at a major NATO summit in Poland next month.