Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Kiev, Ukraine from 5 to 6 March

NordenBladet — Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Kiev from 5 to 6 March. Foreign Minister Timo Soini will hold bilateral discussions with Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin. The Foreign Ministers will discuss the relations between their countries and Finland’s increasing support for Ukraine. Other topics on their agenda will be the current situation in Ukraine, the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as reforms in Ukraine and its relations with the EU.

Finland’s development cooperation allocated to Ukraine will be EUR 15 million in 2018–2021. The support will be channelled to projects in the education and energy sectors. A cooperation agreement in the education sector between Finland and Ukraine will be signed during the visit.

Foreign Minister Soini will also meet Hanna Hopko, Head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine, and Gizo Uglava, Deputy Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine, and Finnish experts working for the EU, the Council of Europe and the World Bank. Finland and Ukraine are celebrating the centenary of diplomatic relations between their countries this year.

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