Ihor Zhovkva: Ukraine appreciates Norway's strong and coherent stand in support of our country
Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva held a telephone conversation with Director General of the Department of International Affairs of the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway Tormod C. Endresen.
Zhovkva highly appreciated Norway's consistent support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, which is constantly reiterated by the country's leadership at high-level international events.
The deputy head of the President's Office briefed Endresen on the progress of the military operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine aimed at liberating the territories temporarily occupied by Russia in the east and south of our country.
"Given the lack of success on the battlefield, the Russian Federation has returned to its tried-and-tested tactics – terror against the civilian population, destruction of critical infrastructure facilities and planned operations under a foreign flag," Zhovkva said.
The assistance provided by Norway in the military sphere was highly appreciated, and the belief was expressed that increasing the supply of high-precision weapons would prevent further destruction and death of civilians in Ukraine.
In the light of strengthening Euro-Atlantic security, Zhovkva informed Endresen about Ukraine's vision of the modalities of further cooperation with NATO.
As part of preparations for the first Parliamentary Summit of the Crimea Platform, which will take place on October 25 in Zagreb, Croatia, the deputy head of the Office of the President welcomed the willingness of President of the Storting Masud Gharahkhani to participate in this public inter-parliamentary event.
Zhovkva thanked the government of Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre for its willingness to contribute EUR 205 million to the fund opened by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which accumulates funds to provide Ukraine with natural gas: "Such a decision is particularly important in view of the approaching winter season. This will be an invaluable help for our citizens, an opportunity for our hospitals and schools to properly ensure a stable passage of the heating season."