Brussels: Stoltenberg, Poroshenko, Pashinyan arrive for 2nd day of NATO Summit

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan were among those who arrived for the second day of the annual NATO Summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Speaking to the press upon arrival, Poroshenko said he appreciated the “strong words” of NATO, and of US President Donald Trump which he said served to strengthen Ukrainian sovereignty.

Pashinyan meanwhile hit out at Azerbaijan, claiming that their “aggressive policy” is “against democracy in our region.”

Chaired by Stoltenberg, the summit is set to discuss the most urgent issues for its members concerning international security and military affairs. Transatlantic trade agreements as well as the US withdrawal from both the global climate pact and Iran nuclear deal are on the summit’s agenda, as are defence spending contributions.

C/U NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arriving, Brussels

W/S Stoltenberg

M/S Stoltenberg

C/U Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arriving

SOT, Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: “I very much appreciate that the absolutely strong words from the NATO, strong words from the leader of the US, to stop the war, to bring the peace, to de-occupy the territory of Ukraine, to renew Ukrainian sovereignty on the occupied territory because the peace what is demanded all the member states; we should stop the aggressor, and I think the words should be the same strong.” *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE*

SOT, Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: “Nord Stream 2, this is not an economic project. Nord Stream 2 is absolutely politically motivated, geopolitical offence of Russia, and with that situation this is completely unacceptable. This is the strong position for Ukraine.”

W/S Poroshenko and members of press

M/S Poroshenko going inside

M/S Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arriving

W/S Pashinyan

M/S Pashinyan facing members of press

SOT, Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia: “Our challenge is not-constructive policy from Armenia, and after democratic move, democratic revolution in Armenia, unfortunately Azerbaijan became more aggressive, and this aggressiveness it isn’t just aggressiveness against Armenia, it’s aggressive policy against democracy in our region.”

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