"Norway’s position of support to Ukraine in the
preservation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity remains
unchanged", State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Norway's Marit Berger Røsland
declared on February, 13, during the Ukrainian-Norwegian consultations held on
the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.
Both sides pointed out high dynamics of bilateral
partnership, underscoring the outcomes of recent official visit of President of
Ukraine to Norway. The growth of bilateral trade in 2016 was also emphasized.
The Norwegian side gave a positive assessment of the
implementation of systemic reforms in Ukraine and confirmed unwavering interest
in providing practical assistance to achieve this aim. The head of the
Ukrainian delegation, Deputy Minister Vadym Prystaiko expressed interest in sharing the Norwegian
experience of building-up relations with the EU, which may be useful for our
country in the context of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association
Agreement. Both sides also discussed cooperation within NATO, including
implementation of projects supported by the relevant Trust Funds.
Special attention was paid to implementation of the Minsk
agreements. The Ukrainian side informed about the aftermath of the latest
escalation of Russian aggression in Donbas. The Norwegian side stressed the
official Oslo’s principled stance to condemn any violation of international law
and emphasized the importance to keep sanctions against Russia up to the full
implementation of its commitments under the Minsk agreements. In addition,
Norway will continue to be engaged in projects of humanitarian assistance to
the population of Ukraine that suffered from the Russian aggression.
Both sides positively assessed inter-action within
international organizations and exchanged views on pressing international