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NATO Secretary General doorstep statement at Foreign Ministers Meeting, 04 DEC 2018

NATO Secretary General doorstep statement at Foreign Ministers Meeting, 04 DEC 2018


so good morning today and tomorrow
NATO’s foreign ministers will meet and address a wide range of issues of
importance for our shared security we will address Russia’s destabilizing
behavior we recently saw how Russia used military force against Ukrainian vessels
and arrested the ships and the sailors and we call on Russia to immediately
release the ships and the sailors we are also concerned about the new Russian
missile system which puts the INF treaty in jeopardy it is urgent that Russia
ensure ensures full compliance in a transparent transparent and verifiable
way because the RF treaty is so important for our security we will also
discuss the challenges we see emanating from the south our partnerships I will
work with the different countries in North Africa Middle East and also the
training mission we have started in Iraq we will also discuss Western Balkans and
we welcome the progress that scope is making moving towards full membership of
NATO so this will be a meeting with a lot of substance and many important
topics to be addressed so we will meet the foreign minister of
Georgia in a meeting later on today and we will dare express our strong support
to Georgia and to the territorial integrity to the sovereignty of Georgia
and allies also provide not only political support but also practical
support to George as I look forward to the meeting and I look forward to
meeting the foreign minister of Georgia begin open attack Ukraine all allies are
native provides a strong political support and strong practical support to
Ukraine Ukraine is not a NATO member but we strongly support Ukraine’s
sovereignty and territorial integrity and we also call on Russia to release
the sailors and the ships they have detained or ceased and NATO allies will
also continue to help to modernize and strengthen the Ukrainian Armed Forces
NATO is also helping with different trust funds on cyber on commander
control and we also help to modernize the Ukrainian Navy then I think also to
remember that because of the aggressive actions of Russia against Ukraine
illegally annexing Crimea and destabilizing eastern Ukraine and now we
also have seen what they try to do in the Sea of Azov NATO has implemented the
biggest reinforcement of collective defence since the end of the Cold War
with high readiness of forces with combat groups or battalions in eastern
part of the lines and allies are also now investing more in defense so NATO
allies are strengthening our collective defence as a direct response to what we
have seen Russia as done against Ukraine I’m gonna be
also discussed considering the original dimensions of the peace process in
Afghanistan and in security is there any chance that NATO gonna contribute with
Russia and Iran in order to create a foundation for a sustainable peace
process in Afghanistan the NATO strongly support afghan-led and afghan-owned the
priests peace process and after also welcomed the initiative taken by
President Kagame we welcome the fact that we had a ceasefire this summer and
also the offer by Ghani to sit down with Taliban and have unconditional peace
talks NATO’s there to create a foundation for
a political solution because we train we assist we advise the Afghan security
forces armed forces to send a clear message to Taliban that I will never win
on the battlefield and so they have to sit down at the
negotiating table and engage in a real peace negotiations with the government
and of course we expect all powers countries in the region including Russia
Iran to support this afghan-led and afghan-owned peace process and play a
constructive role question secretary-general Afghans are concerned
about you know the negotiations with the Taliban because they feel that you know
the achievement that which were gained over the last 16 17 years they might be
compromised so what what kind of how does a peace
process look from the perspective of NATO for example you know what what
would be what would be the red lines for NATO
you know regarding the peace talks with the Taliban we strongly believe in a
political settlement and the peace process which is
afghan-led and afghan-owned and therefore it’s not for nato to set
specific red lines it’s for those who are sitting around the negotiating table
but we support the Afghans we also welcome the progress we have seen in
Afghanistan when it comes to women’s rights democracy and we continue to
provide support to the Afghan government to modernize its its institutions and
and strengthen its democratic processes thank you

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