The situation in Ukraine and the Ukraine-Russia crisis dominated Tuesday talks between visiting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. President Niinisto started a two-day official visit to Poland on Tuesday.
Bronislaw Komorowski said at a briefing attended with Niinisto that their talks focused on the Ukraine conflict and its negative security effects in east Europe. Niinisto and Komorowski also discussed economic issues.
President Komorowski informed that he and Niinisto shared the same views regarding the EU's response to the Ukraine-Russia crisis, including sanctions on Russia. Both presidents also voiced hope for the full implementation of the February 12 Minsk ceasefire agreement.
Komorowski reminded that Finland and Poland had much in common owing to their EU membership and location in a European region bordering on "areas of far-going political instability". In this context both state heads discussed security issues and Finland's relations with NATO (Finland is not a member of the Alliance - PAP).
President Niinisto said western Europe was "shocked" by the situation in Ukraine and assured that his country supported the EU's sanctions against Russia in response to its aggression on Ukraine. He added that the sanctions should be upheld as "there were no prospects for a positive outcome" of the situation.
In a joint statement both presidents voiced concern over ongoing violations of the Minsk accord and declared support of all steps aimed to prevent the conflict's further escalation. Niinisto called Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula "a clear violation of international law and the fundaments of European order".
Both presidents also commended Ukraine's plans to carry out internal reforms and confirmed the importance of the May-scheduled Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. They also stressed that cooperation in security between Finland and Poland was gaining on importance in light of the present situation in Europe. (PAP)