"Norway’s position of support to Ukraine in the preservation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity remains unchanged", State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway's Marit Berger Røsland declared on February, 13, during the Ukrainian-Norwegian consultations held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.
Both sides pointed out high dynamics of bilateral partnership, underscoring the outcomes of recent official visit of President of Ukraine to Norway. The growth of bilateral trade in 2016 was also emphasized.
The Norwegian side gave a positive assessment of the implementation of systemic reforms in Ukraine and confirmed unwavering interest in providing practical assistance to achieve this aim. The head of the Ukrainian delegation, Deputy Minister Vadym Prystaiko expressed interest in sharing the Norwegian experience of building-up relations with the EU, which may be useful for our country in the context of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Both sides also discussed cooperation within NATO, including implementation of projects supported by the relevant Trust Funds.
Special attention was paid to implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Ukrainian side informed about the aftermath of the latest escalation of Russian aggression in Donbas. The Norwegian side stressed the official Oslo’s principled stance to condemn any violation of international law and emphasized the importance to keep sanctions against Russia up to the full implementation of its commitments under the Minsk agreements. In addition, Norway will continue to be engaged in projects of humanitarian assistance to the population of Ukraine that suffered from the Russian aggression.
Both sides positively assessed inter-action within international organizations and exchanged views on pressing international issues.