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He referred to it as “the so-called peace plan” and repeated a yet another time the Western allegations that “Russia is attacking Ukraine.”
“Let me stress we welcome all efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine,” Rasmussen said. “What counts is what is actually happening on the ground,”
He claimed that NATO was still witnessing “Russian involvement destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.”
This would be a genuine effort to facilitate a peaceful solution, he claimed.
Rasmussen also alleged that Russia had violated “the fundamental principles of the NATO-Russia Founding Act”, which the two sides signed in 1997.
He still admitted the importance of keeping diplomatic channels in communications with Russia open and pledged NATO’s willingness to keep its “response” in full accordance with the Founding Act.
Friday, representatives of the Ukrainian government and of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are expected to meet in the Belarusian capital Minsk for talks that many hope to bring about a breakthrough in the dragged-out East-Ukrainian crisis.