Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar had a virtual meeting with State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway Audun Halvorsen, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.
Bodnar informed his Norwegian colleague in detail about the buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine’s borders, the deteriorating security situation in the temporarily occupied territories in eastern Ukraine and in occupied Crimea, as well as the illegal blocking of the Black Sea in the Kerch Strait.
For his part, Halvorsen reaffirmed Norway's unwavering position on supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, its Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and the systemic reform process. The Norwegian diplomat praised Ukraine's efforts to achieve a political and diplomatic settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict and its balanced approach to countering Russia's aggravation of the security situation
In this context, the parties discussed ways to strengthen practical assistance to Ukraine in order to deter Russia from further aggressive actions.
A separate topic of conversation was the preparation for an inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform.