NATO must strengthen their collective security in light of events in Ukraine, said Tuesday the Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Jens Stoltenberg.
Delivering a speech in the U.S. capital, he said that " illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia returned the conflict in the European Union "." in this regard, We must strengthen our collective defence and to assist our European allies, " he said.
"We're not back in the cold war, but We are far from strategic cooperation with Russia," he admitted.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 6, 2 thousand people.
Ukrainian Authorities and Western countries have repeatedly accused the Russian Federation of interfering in Ukraine's internal Affairs. Moscow has stated many times that completely uninvolved in the events in the Donbass, does not supply the militia military equipment and ammunition, is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.
Crimea and Sevastopol became the Russian regions after the 16 March 2014 referendum in which an overwhelming number of voters (96, 77%) with a turnout of 83, 1% were in favor of reunification with Russia.