NATO appreciates the partnership with Ukraine and Georgia and will continue to step up practical support to both countries in the field of security and defense reform, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

He said this at an online press conference following the second day of meetings of the NATO foreign ministers, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“Georgia and Ukraine are valued NATO partners. Who make important contributions to our missions. Today, we restated our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and Ukraine. We discussed their reform programs. And we are stepping up our practical support. I am pleased that Allies and Georgia approved the updated Substantial NATO-Georgia Package. Stepping up our political support. And Ministers agreed further steps to improve our situational awareness in the region and strengthen our dialogue with both partners,” Stoltenberg said.

According to him, the foreign ministers of Georgia and Ukraine joined the meeting of NATO ministers on December 2.

“We addressed the security situation in the Black Sea region, which is of strategic importance. Russia continues to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and Ukraine. It continues its military build-up in Crimea. And increasingly deploys forces in the Black sea region. NATO is responding by strengthening our presence on land, at sea and in the air,” Stoltenberg said.