NATO calls for de-occupation of Crimea
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach calls on the Russian authorities to cease support of militants in eastern Ukraine.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, chairman of the NATO military committee, said at the Alliance meeting in Brussels that the North Atlantic Alliance does not recognize the Crimea as part of Russia and demands that Moscow withdraw its troops from the territory of the peninsula.
"This alliance does not and will not accept Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea," he states.
"We continue to call on Russia to withdraw from Crimea and to cease its support of militants in eastern Ukraine,” he adds.
During a press conference committee, which was held on May 22, the new NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod Wolters, announced the Alliance’s intentions to provide military support to Ukraine.
He noted that support would be provided via cooperation in the field of education so that Ukraine can protect its territories in the future.
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