On February 17, 2016 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Pavlo Klimkin met with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Timo Soini in the course of his
working visit to Ukraine.
Situation in Donbas was the main theme of the Ministers’
meeting. Both sides spoke for the necessity of full implementation of the Minsk
agreements. The Finnish side assured that it would continue to stick to the
common EU position that only full implementation of the Minsk agreements is a
precondition for abolishment of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Minister Pavlo Klimkin informed of the recent cases of
Russia’s violations of the Minsk agreements, in particular, shellings
from the “Grad” launchers.
While discussing Ukrainian-Finnish bilateral cooperation
Ministers noted the significance of further deepening of political dialogue. In
this context the future visit of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to
Finland was mentioned.
Minister Pavlo Klimkin expressed his gratitude to Finland
for huge assistance in conducting reforms, as well as in strengthening of the
energy efficiency in Ukraine. In this regard the Project “Pilot module “Green
school” in Kherson region was noted as a special example. Besides, the
contribution of Finland in providing the OSCE mission in the East of Ukraine was
positively characterized the prospects of the Ukrainian market for the Finnish
businessmen. In this respect the sides agreed on further joint measures on
deepening Ukrainian-Finnish trade and economic cooperation, including in the
framework of the EU-Ukraine Free trade zone functioning.
The Ukrainian side expressed its gratitude to Finland for
the support in the issue of introduction the visa free regime for the citizens
The Sides also positively noted the character of cooperation
in the framework on the international organizations and agreed on further
deepening of these contacts.
Ministers as well exchanged their thoughts on the issues of
the regional problematic.