“We’ve discussed further development of [our bilateral] partnership, in particular in light of the president’s visit to Norway and his meeting with the PM during the middle of October,” Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende, who is paying a visit to Ukraine, said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Palvo Klimkin on Wednesday in Kyiv, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
Brende says Norway assists Ukraine in these complicated times by helping Ukraine conduct key reforms, as well as allocating finances for helping internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Borge Brende said also that no elections in the occupied Donbas region are possible, until Russia fully withdraws it forces from eastern Ukraine.
“We shouldn’t think that the Minsk agreements only mean elections and decentralization. Minsk also means the withdrawal of Russian armed forces, Russian military vehicles from Donbas, the stoppage of their financial support for their mercenaries,” Brende said.
Klimkin said many issues had been discussed during talks with his counterpart.
“We agreed to create a bilateral commission. Its inaugural sitting will take place early this autumn, before Poroshenko’s visit to Norway,” Klimkin said.
He added that the sides had also discussed the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, as well as the top-level Ukraine-NATO commission meeting scheduled for July 9.
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