Dmytro Kuleba and Pekka Haavisto discuss cooperation between Ukraine and Finland in fighting hybrid threats
14 December 2020 19:35

On 14 December, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto.

The conversation focused on the priorities of cooperation between Ukraine and Finland in 2021.

“I am convinced that next year, Ukraine and Finland will be able to fully realize their cooperation potential in fighting COVID-19, hybrid threats, boosting trade and investment volumes and reforming education”, Dmytro Kuleba said.

The ministers agreed to launch a dialogue in hybrid threats counteraction: “Ukraine has a valuable practical experience in fighting aggression of all dimensions: not only military, but also information, economic, social and cultural. For its part, Finland is a leading European center for hybrid threat analysis. Exchange of experience and coordination in this sphere will strengthen national security of both Ukraine and Finland, as well as that of their partners”, the Minister emphasized.  

The ministers also discussed Ukraine’s and Finland’s steps to fight the pandemic and agreed to cooperate in the area of securing  COVID-19 vaccine supplies.

Dmytro Kuleba briefed Pekka Haavisto on the Crimean Platform initiative and its priorities, having invited Finland to take part in its inauguration Summit next year.

The Minister commended Finland’s contribution into the development of Ukrainian education in the framework of “Finland’s support to Ukrainian school reform”.

Concluding the conversation, Dmytro Kuleba thanked Finland for its invariable support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, as well as for the support of European integration of Ukraine.

For reference: In March 2018, Ukraine and Finland signed the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Finland on a project «Finland’s support to the Ukrainian School Reform». Under the project, which spans 4 years (2108 – 2022), the Government of Finland donates 6 million EURO of technical assistance to support the reform of secondary education in Ukraine. Finland's best practices in education has already been implemented in Ukraine in the framework of the concept “New Ukrainian School”.

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