NATO FMs Support Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic Aspirations

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- NATO foreign ministers voiced hereon Friday their support for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations aimed at joining the European Union and NATO.

"We will continue to support Ukraine as and when it pursues its Euro-Atlantic aspirations, without prejudice to any eventual Alliance decision," said a communique released after a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

NATO recognized the importance of the NATO-Ukraine partnership and "our determination to make full use of our Intensified Dialogue and NATO-Ukraine Commission to enhance practical assistance" to the former Soviet country.

The communique spoke highly of Ukraine's contribution to NATO's common security.

It pledged to continue to assist Ukraine in the implementation of reform efforts, especially in the field of defense and security sector, the document said.

A NATO-Ukraine Council meeting was held following the NATO foreign ministers meeting to discuss bilateral cooperation and Ukraine's bid to join the 26-nation military alliance.

Source: Xinhua News