NATO chief calls on Russia to withdraw its military equipment from Ukraine

imgNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Feb. 26 that any attempt to expand territory held by separatists in Ukraine would be “unacceptable” and told Russia to withdraw 1,000 items of military equipment from its neighbour’s territory.
Speaking after meeting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the alliance’s secretary general expressed cautious optimism about the prospects of a shaky truce holding between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.
“I welcome the recent indications of reduced fighting in Ukraine and we hope that the ceasefire now is finally going to be respected,” he said.
“It is important that all parties fully respect the ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons.
“Russia has transferred in recent months over 1,000 pieces of equipment — tanks, artillery and advanced air defence systems.
“They have to withdraw this equipment and they have to stop supporting separatists.”
The NATO boss added: “It is important that all parties now respect the provisions of the Minsk agreement.
“And any attempt to expand further the territory held by separatists would be a clear violation of the Minsk agreement and the ceasefire.
“And it would be unacceptable to the international community.”

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