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Finland’s PM announces 18th military aid package for Ukraine during Kyiv visit

23 August, 2023 Wednesday
19:39

Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo has arrived in Kyiv: during a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, he announced the 18th military aid package for Ukraine

This is stated on the website of the Ukrainian President's Office.

President Zelenskyy thanked the Finnish Prime Minister for support in the military, humanitarian, and sanctions fields, and said that Petteri Orpo would take part in the third summit of the Crimea Platform.

During the meeting, the Finnish Prime Minister announced the approval of the 18th military aid package for Ukraine, which will include ammunition and weapons. According to President Zelenskyy, they also discussed other priority items of assistance: they will be reflected in the next support packages. 

"I am confident that together we can do very useful things in the defense industry. For the autumn, we are preparing the first Defense Industries Forum here in Ukraine, so that our partners can see the capabilities of our country, our society, and how we are developing our capabilities. So that we can attract the additional potential of our partners. Together, we will give more security to the world. I am confident that Finland's participation in the Forum will be productive, and we are interested in establishing direct cooperation between our specialized enterprises," the President said. 

He added that Finland supports efforts to implement the Ukrainian Peace Formula, is ready to act as a co-leader in the implementation of a number of its points, and supports Ukraine on its path to the EU and NATO and is ready to join the post-war reconstruction of the country.

In addition, Zelenskyy invited Finland to start negotiations on a bilateral document on security guarantees for Ukraine.

"Finland has already joined the G7 declaration, and now it is time for such bilateral work. I am confident that it will also be concrete and productive," the President said. 

  • On July 12, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Finland supported the declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine. The countries emphasized their readiness to develop a framework of commitments and agreements to promote long-term security. In particular, this includes the provision of military equipment, military training, financial support, etc.

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