Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Tillerson takes tough line on Russian Federation, open to peacekeepers

Tillerson takes tough line on Russian Federation, open to peacekeepers

Washington's first priority in dealing with the war in Ukraine is to reach agreement on a United Nations peacekeeping force, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.

Meetings concluded Wednesday with discussion of NATO's open door policy, aimed at standards and procedures for countries wishing to join the alliance, which has often been a source of tension in Eastern Europe.

"In eastern Ukraine we join our European partners in maintaining sanctions until Russian Federation withdraws its forces from the Donbass (region) and meets its Minks commitments", Tillerson said, referring to a previous deal to promote peace in Ukraine.

NATO Foreign Ministers discussed today ways to increase NATO's role in projecting stability and fighting terrorism as part of preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels next July.

Opening the Commission meeting, the Secretary General said the Alliance was "strongly committed to Georgia's security and territorial integrity".

That same year, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation pledged to eventually make Georgia a full member, but fears of Russian reprisal have delayed its accession.

"Last night, NATO Ministers had a good discussion on two issues: Russian Federation and North Korea".

"We are very very for strengthening the cooperation with the Georgian coastguard. because the Black Sea is of great importance for Georgia but also of course for Nato", Stoltenberg said.

New agreements were reached with the European Union regarding increased military mobility, strengthened information exchange in counter-terrorism operations and coordinated support for partner countries, and more promotion of women's role in peace and security.

"Our Joint Training and Evaluation Center in Georgia is up and running, and the NATO-funded Defense Institution Building School in Georgia has already trained around a thousand soldiers in subjects as diverse as the rule of law in armed conflict, hybrid warfare, and cybersecurity", he added.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the quick movement of troops and military equipment was key to security.

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