RIGA, Latvia — NATO’s Secretary General says that he is “deeply concerned” on the deteriorating situation around the Ukrainian town of Debaltseve and said the refusal of pro-Russian separatists to respect a ceasefire threatened the Minsk accord.
Jens Stoltenberg on Feb. 18 urged Russia to end its support for the separatists and to withdraw its forces and military equipment from eastern Ukraine in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
He was speaking to reporters in Riga ahead of the meeting of the EU defense ministers.
Stoltenberg said the separatists should halt all their attacks “immediately” and allow OSCE monitors full access to the Debaltseve area. He said Russian forces, artillery and air defence units, as well as command and control elements, were still active in Ukraine.