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Joint Statement of the ‪‎NATO‬-‪‎Ukraine‬ Commission for the Warsaw Summit

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- We call on ‪‎Russia‬ to reverse its illegal and illegitimate self-declared 'annexation' of the Crimean peninsula, which we do not and will not recognize. We are especially concerned by the harassment and discrimination against the Crimean Tatars and other members of local communities. We once again demand that the Russian de-facto authorities take the necessary measures to address the deteriorating human rights situation in Crimea and to ensure the safety, rights, and freedoms of everyone living on the peninsula.

- Russia continues to foment a persistent state of instability in eastern Ukraine, which has led to the loss of nearly 10,000 lives in the Donbas and deprived Ukraine of a considerable part of its economic output.

- We expect Russia to live up to its commitments and use its influence over the militants to ensure that they meet their commitments in full. We call on Russia to stop its political, military and financial support to the militants and to implement its commitments under the Minsk Package of Measures including the withdrawal of its forces and military equipment from the territory of Ukraine and to allow Ukraine to reinstate full control over its state border. We welcome the release of Nadiya ‎Savchenko‬ and call on the parties to ensure the release and exchange of all hostages and unlawfully detained persons.

- Independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security.

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