Foreign ministers of Ukraine and Finland discuss cooperation in countering hybrid threats

Foreign ministers of Ukraine and Finland discuss cooperation in countering hybrid threats

The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Finland, Dmytro Kuleba and Pekka Haavisto, discussed the priorities of cooperation between the two countries in 2021.

The two ministers discussed this issue during a phone conversation on December 14, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.

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

The interlocutors agreed to hold a dialogue in hybrid threats counteraction. "Ukraine has invaluable practical experience in countering aggression of all dimensions, including not only military, but also information, economic, social and cultural ones. 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 their partners,” the minister emphasized.

The ministers also discussed the steps taken by Ukraine and Finland to fight the pandemic and agreed to cooperate in the supply of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Ukrainian minister informed his colleague about the creation of a Crimean Platform and its priorities, and also invited Finland to take part in the Platform's inaugural summit next year.

Kuleba commended Finland’s contribution to the development of Ukrainian education in the framework of the "Finland’s support for the Ukrainian School Reform" project. The minister thanked Finland for its constant support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, as well as for the support of European integration of Ukraine.

In March 2018, the governments of Ukraine and the Republic of Finland signed an agreement on the implementation of the "Finland’s support for the Ukrainian School Reform" project. The project, designed for four years (2018-2022), provides for the attraction of EUR 6 million of technical assistance from the Finnish government to support the reform of general secondary education in Ukraine. Finland's best practices in education have already been implemented in Ukraine under the New Ukrainian School concept.


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