Although cracks in the Western alliance emerged publicly before the July 8-9 Nato Summit, the 28 allies in the end issued a unanimous, unequivocal and strongly-worded condemnation for Russia to end its war against Ukraine and demand that it return Crimea.
The strong sentiments were reflected in the statement after a meeting of the Nato-Ukraine Commission, the lengthy Nato Summit communique and in the closing July 9 news conference by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We have full support demonstrated by all Nato member states, including Germany and France, for the Ukrainian position for sanctions and the motivation by sanctions of the Russian Federation to implement all conditions under the Minsk agreement,” Poroshenko said in response to a question about his reaction to French President Francois Hollande’s recent comments that Russia should not be treated as an adversary and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s criticism of Nato military exercises near Russia as “saber-rattling.”
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(Photo of Poroshenko and Stoltenberg: nato.int)