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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a joint press conference in kyiv on March 10. (Volodymyr Tarasov/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin for the defense support programs her country is providing to Ukraine, as well as for her “participation in the tank coalition”, according to a statement released by her statement on Friday. desk.

Marin was in Kiev that day, where she spoke with Zelensky and Ukrainian officials, visited wounded soldiers and attended the farewell ceremony for a famous Ukrainian commander killed in Bakhmut, Dmytro Kotsiubaylo. , whose call sign was “Da Vinci”.

The talks between the two leaders focused on defense and security, his office said.

“I am sure that we will further strengthen this area of ​​our cooperation in the interest of our two nations, our independence and our sovereignty – of Ukraine, Finland and our European neighbors,” Zelensky said, qualifying Sailor of “true friend of Ukraine, a defender of a free Europe.”

According to the statement, Marin said: “I am very happy to meet Mr. President Zelensky in person today in Kyiv. You are a symbol of courage, bravery and the prospect of a better future for Europe.” .

“We support President Zelenskyy’s peace formula and want this plan to start working. Only a lasting peace can give our family of European countries, the Euro-Atlantic family, calm and prosperity. We want Ukraine to join NATO as one of the allies,” she continued, according to the statement.

The leaders also discussed increasing the pressure of sanctions against Russia, the reconstruction of Ukraine, as well as the establishment of a special tribunal for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

On Friday, Zelensky also spoke with Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram, who was also visiting Kyiv.


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