NATO signs agreements with Ukrainian government

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NATO signs agreements with Ukrainian government

<p><span class="caps">NATO</span>’s secretary general has taken part in a meeting of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, during which a number of agreements were signed.</p> <p>They included partnership in communications and agreement on the status of <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s Mission in Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said he might bring up the issue of peacekeepers in the Donbass at the upcoming UN General Assembly.</p> <p>“Russian troops are present in Ukraine. And they continue to support separatists with training, with equipment, with command and control. And therefore I call on Russia to withdraw all its forces from Eastern Ukraine and to fully implement the Minsk agreements,” said <span class="caps">NATO</span> Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.</p> <p>Russia continues to deny involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but from being more than 60% against <span class="caps">NATO</span> membership before fighting began, Ukrainian public opinion has changed dramatically.</p> <p>“About 64% of Ukrainian voters said they would vote for joining <span class="caps">NATO</span>. They indicated: the main reason for joining was that it would guarantee the safety of the country in future. The second reason was that <span class="caps">NATO</span> membership would be the first step on the road to join the EU,” said Sociologist Maria Zolkina from the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation.</p> <p>Earlier Poroshenko and Stoltenberg reviewed troops at the Peacekeeping and Security Centre of the Ukrainian army in Lviv in western Ukraine. however <span class="caps">NATO</span> once again declined to supply Ukraine with weapons.</p> <p>“Petro Poroshenko has announced that Ukraine will hold a referendum on joining the military alliance. However, the poll will not take place in the near future. Before the referendum is held, the state needs to implement a number of serious reforms. First of all, Ukraine should reestablish peace and stability in its eastern regions and bring Ukrainian Armed Forces in line with <span class="caps">NATO</span> standards,” reports euronews’ Maria Korenyuk.</p>