PM of Finland promises to support sanctions against Russia until full implementation of Minsk accords

PM of Finland promises to support sanctions against Russia until full implementation of Minsk accords

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has discussed with Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä sanctions against Russia, deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas, Nord Stream 2 project and the economic cooperation between the countries.

The leaders met within the framework of the Fifth Eastern Partnership Summit, the presidential press service reports.

It is noted that the interlocutors discussed the priority issues of Ukraine-EU interaction, in particular in the context of the initiatives of the President of Ukraine aimed at further rapprochement of our state with the European Union as well as extending EU economic sanctions against Russia at the December European Council meeting.

"The Finnish Prime Minister has emphasized the support of sanctions against Russia until it implements the Minsk agreements. The parties also discussed prospects for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in the occupied part of Donbas," the statement reads.

In addition, the parties welcomed the positive dynamics of bilateral trade turnover growth. It was agreed to prepare for the meeting of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Finnish Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation that may take place in the beginning of the next year in Kyiv.

Poroshenko also stressed the unchanging position of Ukraine regarding the Nord Stream 2 project and urged the Finnish side to take a balanced approach to further consideration of this issue in the framework of the EU.


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