Zaluzhny, Wolters discuss response to Russian aggression

Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhny has held his first phone call with NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe Tod Wolters, emphasizing the importance of NATO’s continued military and naval presence in the Black Sea region.

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“…I informed him about…brazen ceasefire violations by the Russian occupation forces and our response to them in the area of the Joint Forces Operation. I stressed in our conversation that ensuring the Alliance’s permanent military and naval presence within NATO’s Black Sea assistance package to Ukraine, as well as holding joint exercises, is an important factor in curbing the Kremlin’s aggressive intentions in the south,” he said.

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According to him, General Wolters said that cooperation between Ukraine and NATO will only strengthen in the future.

Zaluzhny also noted that he looked forward to discussing this issue in detail at NATO headquarters in January next year during a meeting of the NATO Military Committee at the level of chiefs of defense in a format with Ukraine.

Newly-appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Zaluzhny meeting with Major General (Retired) Michael Repass, Strategic Adviser on Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the NATO Representation to Ukraine in August