Ukraine-Finland pact sets course for future EU, NATO integration

Alexander Stubb and Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Alexander Stubb and Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Finnish President Alexander Stubb have solidified a ten-year security cooperation agreement, Zelenskyy announced on Telegram on April 3.

"A strong document that confirms Finland's readiness to continue supporting Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression," Zelenskyy wrote.

The parties signed the document during Stubb's visit to Kyiv.

Finland will provide long-term military and financial assistance, as well as deepen cooperation with Ukraine in the political, financial, humanitarian, and reform fields, and help Ukraine rebuild its energy sector, assess environmental damage, strengthen border and critical infrastructure protection, and treat Ukrainian soldiers.

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The agreement also clearly demonstrates Finland's support for Ukraine's future membership in the EU and NATO, said the Office of the President of Ukraine.

The agreement with Finland was signed in pursuance of the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine, concluded at the NATO Summit in Vilnius on July 12, 2023, which was endorsed by 32 states in total.

Zelenskyy also thanked Alexander Stubb for the 23rd aid package worth 188 million euros ($202.8 million).

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This brings the total amount of support provided by Finland since the beginning of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine to close to 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion).

Finland is also preparing a four-year plan to support Ukraine. The budget for development and reconstruction is 290 million euros ($312.9 million).

With whom Ukraine has already signed agreements on security guarantees

The G7 leaders announced in July 2023 that they had agreed on a declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine.

Ukraine has already signed security agreements with the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Canada, and Italy.

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Ukraine began negotiations with Norway on a bilateral security agreement on Feb. 26.

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