Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said Nordic nations’ backing for Kyiv “remains solid and unwavering,” as the grueling war in Ukraine has passed the eighth-month mark.
Russia’s invasion has had “devastating consequences for the people of Ukraine, and serious and wide ranging effects on all of us: on our security, on our energy economy and food security around the world,” Jakobsdóttir said at a meeting of the Nordic Council in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on Tuesday.
The council represents Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the autonomous region of Åland.
“We are united in our response to Russia as it wages its brutal war against Ukraine,” said Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who was hosting the conference.
Marin stated that Nordic countries “are committed partners in defending the multilateral system and Ukraine’s sovereignty against Russian aggression.”
When asked what concrete actions the countries were taking to support Ukraine, Marin stressed that “we are not only talking — we are acting, and we are acting united, we are acting together.”
Jonas Gahr Støre, the Norwegian prime minister, said that Nordic countries are continuing to provide “financial support for running the state, humanitarian support, medical support” and are “receiving refugees.”
He added that the coalition supports “Ukraine’s right to defend itself, which means that we are providing military equipment to Ukraine and we are committed to continue to do so.”
Nordic leaders have remained staunch allies of Kyiv and vociferously criticized the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.