Ukraine and Norway are sure that the Covid-19 pandemic cannot become the reason for lifting sanctions from Russia. Such a conclusion was reached during the phone talk of Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway Audun Halvorsen, as the Ukrainian ministry reported.
“The position of Norway towards the maintenance of the sanctions against Russia as aggressor and support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the internationally recognized borders remains unchanged,” Halvorsen assured.
The Norwegian diplomat made such a statement due to the fact that Bodnar drew his information to the necessity of the efficient counteraction to Russia’s attempts to lift the sanctions imposed by the international society under cover of Covid-19 pandemic.
Moreover, Halvorsen confirmed the commitment of Oslo to continue projects aiming for overcoming the consequences of Russian aggression.
The parties discussed the prospects of the bilateral counteraction on historical issues, including the estimation of the events of WWII and counteraction to manipulations of Russia on this topic.
As we reported, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell reminded the German diplomatic service, which will take over the EU presidency in the second half of 2020, of the need to support Ukraine and all the challenges posed by Russia.