The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is finally intensifying cooperation with Ukraine by promoting defence reforms through building and development programmes. NATO will also send more experts to the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv.

Is NATO finally putting their money where their mouth is?

NATO issued firm statements during the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The 28 independent member countries are once again reacting to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, but with a more rigid speech this time.

We, the Foreign Ministers of NATO, are united in our condemnation of Russia’s illegal military intervention in Ukraine and Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We do not recognize Russia’s illegal and illegitimate attempt to annex Crimea.  We urge Russia to take immediate steps, as set out in the statement by the NATO-Ukraine Commission, to return to compliance with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities, and to engage immediately in a genuine dialogue towards a political and diplomatic solution that respects international law and Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. We support the deployment of an OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine.