President Niinistö to host the official visit of the President of Ukraine and the Nordic-Ukrainian Summit in Helsinki

Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Press release 16/2023
3 May 2023

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will pay an official visit to Finland today 3 May 2023, at the invitation of President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö.

The official discussions between President Niinistö and President Zelenskyy will include Ukraine’s defence struggle and Finland’s support for Ukraine, bilateral relations between the two countries and the global geopolitical situation. At the end of the discussions, the Presidents will hold a joint press conference.

The working lunch of the official visit will also be attended by Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. President Zelenskyy’s programme also includes a meeting with Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Petteri Orpo.

President Niinistö and President Zelenskyy last met in January 2023 when President Niinistö visited Kyiv.

Summit between the Nordic countries and Ukraine

In the afternoon, President Niinistö will host the Nordic-Ukrainian Summit, which will be attended by President Niinistö and President Zelenskyy as well as Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen and Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

The summit will discuss the situation of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the Nordic countries’ continued support for Ukraine, the developments in Ukraine’s relationship with EU and NATO and Ukraine’s initiative for a just peace. The official discussions will be followed by a joint press conference.

The Nordic Prime Ministers will also have bilateral meetings with President Zelenskyy.

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Press conference of the Nordic-Ukrainian Summit with President Niinistö, President Zelenskyy and Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on 3 May 2023

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Joint press conference between President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on 3 May 2023