Opinion piece from Prime Minister's Office

"Now is not the time to tire"

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Opinion piece of 13 December 2023 by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, President Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

As Russia’s war of aggression continues we need to double down on our commitment to long-term political, financial, military and diplomatic support to Ukraine. 

This is a critical time for Ukraine, for Europe, and for global security. Lessening support to Ukraine now is not an option. On the contrary, now is the time to harness support and stick to our plans for how we will help Ukraine be successful in the war, rebuild the country, and defend itself in the long run. 

Russia is eager to exploit divisions. We must continue to stand united against Russia’s illegal and immoral war just as we have done since the invasion. Otherwise we risk a world with less freedom and less security for decades, if not generations, to come.  

As the war approaches its two-year mark, we must reaffirm our support to Ukraine. We should continue to contribute to Ukraine’s long-term security, bolster short-term civilian humanitarian aid as well as the reconstruction efforts, and support their pursuit of a just peace.  

Ukraine cannot defend itself against Russia with only words. The war is not won without weapons. For Ukraine to be able to defend its territory and secure its internationally recognized borders, we the Nordic countries will continue to provide comprehensive assistance to Ukraine, including economic and military support, immediate humanitarian aid for civilians and financial support to aid in the reconstruction of Ukrainian society when conditions allow. We need to continue to do our best deliver what Ukraine needs. 

Brave Ukrainian solders are fighting every day. Their fight for freedom is our fight as well. Ukraine’s freedom is inextricably linked to ours. 

How we act in supporting Ukraine is being closely monitored. Our message must be that we cannot let them down. We must show that our beliefs in human dignity, freedom, and justice are not negotiable. We will not allow an aggressor to dictate the terms of European security. 

The Ukrainians fight courageously for their country’s very existence. For freedom, for democracy, and for the right to decide one’s own future. Over the last 22 months, they have inspired and impressed the world and continues to do so. 

Ukraine needs our continued support, our partnership, and our solidarity more than ever. Their fight for freedom depends on our perseverance in staying the course. Our shared security depends on it as well. 

Now is not the time to tire.

Ulf Kristersson
Prime Minister of Sweden

Jonas Gahr Støre
Prime Minister of Norway

Sauli Niinistö
President of Finland

Mette Frederiksen
Prime Minister of Denmark

Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Prime Minister of Iceland