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    NATO must step up support to Ukraine amid Russia attacks, Lithuanian formin says

    VILNIUS, Dec 05, BNS – NATO must increase its support to Ukraine facing new attacks from Russia, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius says.

    "The unlawful seizure of Ukrainian ships by using military force, as well as the blocking of Ukrainian ports, are unjustified and cannot be left without consequences," the minister said. He also called on Russia to immediately release the seized Ukrainian ships and their crews and restore free ship traffic to and from the Azov Sea.

    Linkevicius attended a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday and raised the issue of response to Russia's aggression against Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait.

    The minister underlined that NATO and its member countries should step up comprehensive support to Ukraine for the country to be able to defend itself from external aggression. According to Linkevicius, it’s also important to bolster NATO's cooperation with Ukraine and Georgia in the area of security in the Black Sea.

    The North Atlantic Council's meeting with the foreign ministers of Georgia and Ukraine also discussed the November 25 incident, the restricted access to Ukraine's Azov Sea port, the militarization of the Russia-annexed Crimea and other issued related to the security of the Black Sea region.

    During the meeting, Linkevicius said only the international community's strong and united response can deter Russia from further aggressive moves, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

    Taking place in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday, the meeting of NATO foreign ministers is focusing on transatlantic security issues, fighting terrorism and other challenges coming from the South, the NATO missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. One of the sessions is dedicated to Western Balkans affairs.

    Vilnius newsroom, politika@bns.lt, +370 5 205 85 32

    • Published: 05.12.2018 09:14
    • LETA, BNS
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