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Nordic countries, Ukraine sign joint statement following second summit

They promised to support Ukraine as long as necessary and to increase sanctions pressure on Russia.

Nordic countries, Ukraine sign joint statement following second summit
The leaders of Ukraine and Northern Europe at the summit on 13 December
Photo: Ukrainian presidential office

On 13 December, the prime ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the presidents of Ukraine and Finland signed a joint statement at the second Nordic Summit in Oslo.

The Nordic leaders condemned Russian aggression, called on Russia to withdraw its troops, and pledged their continued support for Ukraine as long as necessary. According to them, since Russia's illegal full-scale invasion in February 2022, the total amount of assistance from the Nordic countries has amounted to about €11 billion.

"The Nordic countries remain committed to increasing international pressure to counter Russia's ability to continue its illegal war, including through sanctions. We will continue to work with our international partners to counter sanctions circumvention," the statement reads.

In addition, the partners will actively explore "areas for additional support, including but not limited to maritime security, air defence and air power, in particular combat aviation".

The Nordic countries also agree to start bilateral talks with Ukraine on security commitments, which will be formalised in close coordination with the Group of Seven allies and partners. The partners are actively involved in the implementation of the 10 points of the Peace Formula in close cooperation with countries from other regions of the world.

Also, the Nordic countries will continue to support Ukraine on its path to future NATO membership and "reaffirm their support for the opening of accession negotiations with Ukraine and in this regard look forward to the European Council meeting on 14-15 December 2023".

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