NATO DMs discuss direct support to anti-IS coalition

Nato - Ukraine Commission
Nato – Ukraine Commission

BRUSSELS, June 15 (KUNA) — NATO defence ministers began a meeting here Wednesday to discuss “projecting stability beyond NATO’s borders.” “A stable neighbourhood will help us to keep us safe,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in his opening remarks at the meeting.
“We will discuss how we can extend training for Iraqi officers as they continue to fight ISIL,” he said.
“We will consider how we can provide direct support to the coalition against ISIL with AWACS surveillance aircraft and we will look at what NATO can do at the central Mediterranean to help deal with the refugee and migrant crisis,” he added.
Earlier, the NATO defence ministers agreed to boost NATO’s support for Ukraine with a Comprehensive Package of Assistance.
The Package aims to help Ukraine strengthen its defences by building stronger security structures.
In a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, allied ministers also exchanged views with Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak on the current security situation in eastern Ukraine, and the progress of government reforms.
The defence ministers began the two-day meeting in preparation to the NATO summit in Warsaw to be held on July 8-9. (end) nk.hb