The President of Finland Alexander Stubb and Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Jussi Halla-aho arrived in Ukraine on a visit.

“The signing of an ambitious, comprehensive and strategic Agreement on Security Cooperation and Long-Term Support clearly demonstrates that Finland is a special partner and reliable ally of Ukraine,” said the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, in his opening remarks.

At the same time, the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine expressed his gratitude for all the support provided by Finland to Ukraine and the announcement of the 23rd defence assistance package. “It is important that Finland is ready to provide financial, humanitarian and defence assistance in the long term,” he stressed.

In addition to military support for Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk raised the issue of strengthening sanctions against the russian federation and the importance of taking tougher steps to isolate russia politically and economically.

The parties also discussed the implementation of the Peace Formula of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi. The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine expressed gratitude to Finland for its active participation in the practical implementation of the three points of the Formula – “Environmental safety”, “Radiation and nuclear safety” and “Restoration of justice”.

In conclusion, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine expressed his gratitude for Finland's firm support on Ukraine's path to European Union membership. He also stressed that he counted on “Finland's powerful voice in support of the ambitious decisions of the Washington Summit of the Alliance to invite Ukraine to join NATO”.

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