1. Pull out of group with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (on left) and US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, centre
2. Wide of meeting room.
3. Close of sign on desk reading "Ukraine"
4. Wide of meeting room
5. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announcing opening of meeting
6. Wide of meeting UPSOUND Stoltenberg announcing opening of meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General:
"Good afternoon, welcome to this meeting with foreign ministers of Georgia and Ukraine. NATO fully supports the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of both countries and we continue to provide strong, tailored political and practical support for both Georgia and Ukraine. Allies have acknowledged the Euro-Atlantic aspiration of both nations. At our summit in July, NATO leaders adopted a declaration by the NATO- Georgia commission reaffirming our strong support for Georgia as it prepares for eventual membership and improving Georgia's ability to defend itself. At our summit allies also reaffirmed their solidarity with Ukraine. NATO allies do not and will not recognise Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Following Russia's use of military force near the Sea of Azof, we call on Russia to ensure freedom of navigation and release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized without delay. NATO is proud of the unique and distinct partnerships we have with Georgia and with Ukraine and we look forward to deepening them further. This concludes the public part of this meeting, and I thank the media for joining us at the opening of the meeting, so thank you...."
Russia took centre-stage at NATO on Tuesday as allied foreign ministers met to debate ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilising Ukraine and encourage it to respect a landmark Cold-war era nuclear treaty.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his NATO partners will hold talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin as Kiev seeks international support for its Black Sea confrontation with Russia.
In opening remarks before the Foreign Ministers North Atlantic Council session with Georgia and Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO supported the territorial integrity of both Ukraine and Georgia, as well as the latter's aspirations to join the alliance.
Stoltenberg said NATO allies already "provide strong political support and strong practical support" to both countries.
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