During his speech on the joint press conference with Ukraine’s Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko after the meeting NATO-Ukraine commission, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer NATO Secretary General expressed his opinion on the demonstration taking place in Crimea.

“Of course, this came up at the meeting and let me say that I think it's very regrettable that some have made a political issue out of a routine exercise that has been taking place regularly for years. Let's not do have the impression that this is the first time that this takes place. It has been taking place on a regular basis. And NATO supports the goals of this exercise.

Interoperability, modernization, and international cooperation are all important goals for the Ukrainian armed forces, and on this matter, as on all other matters, of course, Ukraine's decision remains fully sovereign. But this is to get, as far as I'm concerned, and as far as NATO is concerned, to get the record straight on the events we have seen unfolding over the past days,” stated Mr. Scheffer, NATO press office reported.


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