Prime Minister met President Zelenskyy at Nordic-Ukrainian Summit
On Wednesday 3 May, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson took part in a Nordic-Ukrainian Summit with Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
“We will continue to provide political, military, humanitarian and economic support to Ukraine for as long as necessary. Supporting Ukraine in its fight for freedom and territorial integrity is an existential issue. Ukraine is not just fighting for its own freedom, but for the freedom of all of Europe,” says Mr Kristersson.
The theme of the summit was Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the Nordic countries’ continued support to Ukraine, Ukraine’s relations with the EU and NATO and Ukraine’s initiative to achieve a just peace. In connection with the summit, Mr Kristersson and Mr Zelenskyy also met for a private meeting at which Mr Kristersson focused on Ukraine’s future in the EU and the situation of Ukrainian children.
“In light of Russia’s uncivilised war, protecting children is the civilised thing to do,” says Mr Kristersson.
Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Sweden has increased its humanitarian and military support to Ukraine on several occasions, and is also providing economic support and civilian crisis management. Sweden is also supporting Ukraine’s reform efforts and reconstruction. Since February 2022, Sweden has provided over SEK 21.5 billion to various initiatives in support of Ukraine (24 March 2023). Together with the EU, Sweden has also adopted extensive macroeconomic support and several sanctions packages against Russia.
As holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Sweden also welcomes the important steps that the EU is now taking to provide Ukraine with ammunition.