Tillerson to NATO: Russian aggression in Ukraine biggest threat to European Union security

Tillerson to NATO: Russian aggression in Ukraine biggest threat to European Union security

Tillerson to NATO: Russian aggression in Ukraine biggest threat to European Union security

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.

The Secretary General touched upon the NATO-Russia relations as well, saying the Foreign Ministers agreed that the approach to Russia "decided at the Warsaw Summit in 2016 - defense and dialogue - has been effective".

"We remain concerned by the deepening of Russia's relations with the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia".

Speaking a day ahead of planned talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Tillerson said he hoped to convince Moscow to allow a blue helmet force with a robust mandate.

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

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

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Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance "continues to benefit from Georgia's advice on security issues relating to the Black Sea", and that Georgia and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are engaged "in increasingly close dialogue on the Black Sea region and the cooperation in the region".

Stoltenberg cited work in other areas of cooperation, such as energy security, explosive-ordnance disposal, cyberdefense, intelligence, secure communications, and promoting the role of women serving in the Georgian armed forces.

"NATO supports a peaceful resolution of the crisis through negotiations".

Earlier, US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison stated that the former relations with Russian Federation will not be.

"In a constantly evolving security landscape, NATO's partnership with the European Union is more important than ever", the secretary general said before the meeting.

The foreign ministers will discuss the alliance's goal of projecting stability and fighting terrorism, he said, noting progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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