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NATO cautious welcome for Ukraine ceasefire

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NATO cautious welcome for Ukraine ceasefire


It was billed as one of the most important NATO summits in recent years and on the second and final day the delegates in Wales presented a united front in the face of what they see as Russian aggression. But it was also a day on which a ceasefire was brokered between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels.

“I would welcome of course if the new announcement of a ceasefire represents a sincere attempt to stop the violence and initiate a constructive political process,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

President Obama also welcomed the ceasefire agreement but stressed that in his view, Russia was forced into it.

“The only reason that we are seeing the ceasefire at this moment is because of both the sanctions that have already been applied, and the threat of further sanctions which are having a real impact on the Russian economy and have isolated Russia in a way that we have not seen in a very long time.”

Our correspondent at the summit says that NATO sees itself has having been given a new reason for existing in the face of the perceived aggression of Russia in Ukraine, and the recent rise of Islamic State

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