Strong Nordic support for Ukraine at Nordic-Ukrainian Summit in Oslo
On Wednesday 13 December, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson took part in a Nordic-Ukrainian Summit with Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
“In Oslo, I once again had the opportunity to express Sweden’s deepest respect for President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people for their tireless defence against Russia’s continued aggression. The Nordic countries stand united with Ukraine, and we will continue to provide support for as long as it takes,” says Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.
The themes of the Summit were Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine the Nordic countries’ continued support to Ukraine and Ukraine’s relations with the EU.
“Sweden’s position is well-known: we want the EU to commence accession negotiations with Ukraine. Long-term economic support to Ukraine is the most crucial issue when we discuss the EU budget,” says Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.
Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, Sweden has donated around SEK 30 billion in support to Ukraine. Sweden’s most recent support takes the form of a winter package worth SEK 1.4 billion to shore up Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure during the winter.
Through the EU, Sweden also provides comprehensive macroeconomic support and backs several sanctions packages against Russia.