On February 18, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto.
The ministers discussed recent EU contacts with the Russian Federation. Pekka Haavisto told about the issues discussed during his earlier visit to Russia on February 15.
Dmytro Kuleba thanked Finland for invariable support of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, practical assistance in overcoming the consequences of Russia’s aggression in the east of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister briefed his Finnish colleague on Russia’s violations of the ceasefire in Donbas, and Moscow’s non-fulfillment of obligations of peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict.
The parties agreed to hold political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and Finland to further coordinate the efforts aimed at combating hybrid threats, strengthening national security, cooperating in international organizations, boosting trade volumes and other relevant bilateral issues.
The ministers also discussed the plan of political contacts between the states in 2021.
This is the second telephone conversation between foreign ministers Dmytro Kuleba and Pekka Haavisto in the last two months, the previous having been held on December 14, 2020. Finland is an important partner of Ukraine, rendering technical and humanitarian aid to our country. In 2014-2020 the amount of such aid was 56 million euros.