Vadym Chernysh Visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels where he participated in a meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission
17.10.2018 | 18:52
On October 17, Vadym Chernysh visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels, where he participated in a meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission.
The meeting was chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with the participation of Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO Vadym Prystaiko and 29 Ambassadors of the North Atlantic Alliance member countries. In particular, the meeting dealt with current state of humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine.
"Today, Ukraine is making vital steps both to meet humanitarian needs and to maintain ties with the population that is forced to stay in occupied territories. The Government of Ukraine has simplified the procedures of crossing humanitarian cargos to the occupied territories; this includes medications that have to get to patients promptly and with no interruptions, food, building materials and chemicals for water purification. However, occupational administrations of RF often deliberately prevent humanitarian deliveries. In addition, the occupation administration imposed additional restrictions on import of food products by the citizens from controlled territories, which are vital for life, especially for children", - said Vadym Chernysh.
Also, the Minister noted that currently works are being carried out to restore and equip the 5 existing entry-exit checkpoints and provide the most comfortable conditions that meet the needs of population:
"We are doing everything possible to bring services closer to the disengagement line, so that our citizens who live in temporarily occupied territories have access to these services, including educational and medical ones. Special government programs designed for this purpose already show positive results," the Minister said.
Another one issue was the protection of critical infrastructure and regular shelling by illegal armed groups of water and energy supply facilities. Vadym Chernysh:
"Provision of drinking water to the population of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, which remained in the occupied territory, is a priority for our state. Therefore, Ukraine restores damaged pipelines, provides access to humanitarian cargoes and missions to temporarily occupied territories, and also supports the work of enterprises supplying water on both sides of the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. A lot of work in this area is being carried out thanks to Minsk negotiations within the framework of Trilateral Contact Group: particularly demining of the territory, security guarantees and OSCE SMM "mirror patrols". "
The Minister also informed NATO partners about violation of civil, political and other rights of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territories of the Donbas and Crimea, the economic consequences of the occupation of Ukrainian territory, Ukrainian enterprises raiding and illegal use of Ukrainian natural resources by RF.
Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO V. Prystaiko informed the allies in detail about the development of security situation in Ukraine with a special emphasis on its exacerbation in the waters of the Sea of Azov due to the destructive actions of the Russian Federation. He also noted the possible risks and security challenges in connection with the threats of the Russian Federation to take active measures in response to the proclamation of autocephaly of the UOC. The information was well received and understood by allies.
Heads of missions of NATO member states expressed support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, sharply condemning the annexation of Crimea and armed aggression of Russian Federation in the East of Ukraine.
We remind, the NATO-Ukraine Commission is the decision-making body responsible for developing the NATO-Ukraine relationship and for directing cooperative activities. It also provides a forum for consultation between the Allies and Ukraine on security issues of common concern. The NATO-Ukraine Commission was established by the NATO-Ukraine Charter on a Distinctive Partnership signed by Ukrainian and Allied Heads of State and Government in Madrid on July 9, 1997. Its task is to ensure proper implementation of the Charter’s provisions, broadly assess the development of the NATO-Ukraine relationship, survey planning for future activities, and suggest ways to improve or further develop cooperation.