On February 9, 2016 Olena Zerkal, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for the European integration met with Tore Hattrem, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the framework of his working visit to Ukraine.
The Sides discussed priority issues of the Ukrainian-Norwegian relations, including the timeline of bilateral contacts at high and the highest levels in 2016. Special attention was paid to cooperation in priority areas of trade and economy as well as investment cooperation, first of all, in the agricultural and energy sectors.
Implementation of the Minsk agreements was also in the center of attention. The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway confirmed Norway's continued support of sanctions policy against Russia which should be in force until full implementation of the Minsk Agreements and complete restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
During the meeting the Norwegian Side stressed its continued support of the implementation of systemic reforms in Ukraine, as well as Norway's readiness to render further necessary support.