Ukraine's Acting Foreign Minister Holds Talks With NATO Chief

Ukraine's Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya visited the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels on Monday and held talks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

According to a NATO press note, Rasmussen and Deshchytsya discussed the latest developments in Ukraine, including the so-called referendum in Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as the Alliance's plan to intensify the NATO-Ukraine partnership.

Rasmussen said Sunday's so-called referendum undermined international efforts to find a peaceful and political solution to the Ukraine crisis and violated the Ukrainian constitution and international law.

The NATO Secretary General also reiterated the western military alliance's firm commitment to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, and the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine's frontiers.

The two leaders discussed NATO's determination to boost cooperation with Ukraine through the NATO-Ukraine Commission. This includes increased ties with Ukraine's political and military leadership, strengthening efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military and more joint training and exercises.

The NATO Secretary General stressed that the western military alliance will do more to include Ukraine in its multinational projects on improving capabilities, the press release added.

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