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NATO enhances collective defense, reaffirms support for Ukraine

English.news.cn   2014-06-04 05:07:48

BRUSSELS, June 3 (Xinhua) -- NATO defense ministers on Tuesday agreed to further reinforce their reassurance measures in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine crisis and expressed support for reforms in Ukraine.

"This is a time for all Allies to play a part, and all Allies are doing so," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. "Every single Ally is committing resources to our collective defense."

Ministers also agreed to increase the capability, training and readiness of Allied forces to prepare for the longer-term implications of the crisis.

A Readiness Action Plan, to be developed by the Wales Summit, will include measures aimed to enhance the NATO Response Force's level of responsiveness and NATO's intelligence and awareness, a NATO statement said.

Ministers further agreed a new cyber-defense policy, recognizing cyber as part of NATO's collective defense.

According to the statement, such policy will help enhance information sharing and mutual assistance between Allies, improve NATO's cyber defense training and exercises, and boost cooperation with industry.

NATO defence ministers met their Ukrainian counterpart Mykhailo Koval in the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

They welcomed the clear outcome of the recent presidential elections and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine's security and defense reforms.

A comprehensive package of measures aimed to increase the capacity and strength of the Ukrainian armed force will be finalized in the coming weeks.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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