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Prime Minister Marin stresses strong support for Ukraine at Moldova summit

Government Communications Department
Publication date 1.6.2023 17.14
Press release
The 47 leaders of the European Political Community in a group photo

The heads of state or government of the EU Member States and 20 other European countries met for the European Political Community (EPC) Summit in Moldova on 1 June. The EPC Summit focused on three themes: security, energy and strengthening connections between the participating countries.

Discussions were held in thematic small groups, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin participated in the debate on security in the same group as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In the discussions, Prime Minister Marin emphasised the importance of responding to Russia’s war of aggression for Europe as a whole. Prime Minister Marin stressed the need for effective implementation of sanctions and continued strong support for Ukraine. She also highlighted the need for closer cooperation in strengthening resilience and countering hybrid threats. 

“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine will continue to have a significant impact on the security situation throughout Europe over the short and long term. The best way to safeguard European security is to help Ukraine defend itself and achieve a just and lasting peace. It is important that we work together to prevent Russia from circumventing sanctions,” said Prime Minister Marin. 

In connection with the meeting, Prime Minister Marin met briefly with President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani to discuss the tense situation in North Kosovo. Prime Minister Marin also discussed Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine with Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz.

The decision to hold the meeting in Moldova conveys the EPC’s support for the country, which is currently being targeted by Russian hybrid influence activities. This was the second EPC Summit. The first was held in Prague in autumn 2022. Established at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron, the EPC aims to promote close cooperation between the EU and its European partners, thereby promoting the values and interests of the EU in its neighbouring areas. 
Inquiries: Jari Luoto, Director General, EU Affairs Department, tel. +358 50 468 5949, Saara Pokki, Special Adviser (EU Affairs), tel. +358 50 478 6363, and Anne Sjöholm, Head of Communications for EU Affairs, tel. +358 40 537 0733, Prime Minister’s Office