In a show of solidarity Ukraine President Petro Porshenko shared a platform with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the military alliance pledged closer union with Ukraine.
President Poroshenko expressed his gratitude: “I have never felt such strong enormous support, from all the leaders of the countries, heads of government and the representatives of the people of NATO member states as was demonstrated today.”
NATO called on Russia to move toward peace and indicated the alliance would react if Moscow intensified actions in Ukraine.
“The international community must respond with determination if Russia were to intervene further in Ukraine. The Response would be deeper, broader, tougher economic sanctions that would definitely hurt Russia further,” said secretary general Rasmussen.
Both Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that a peace plan could be implemented during Friday’s negotiations in Belarus.