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Polish, Finnish presidents discuss regional security, support for Ukraine

20.11.2023 17:30
Poland's president has met with his Finnish counterpart and the two discussed regional security, further support for Ukraine and migration policy, according to officials. 
Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and Finlands Sauli Niinist (left) meet in Warsaw on Monday, November 20, 2023.
Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and Finland's Sauli Niinistö (left) meet in Warsaw on Monday, November 20, 2023.KPRP/Grzegorz Jakubowski

Poland's Andrzej Duda and Finland's Sauli Niinistö held talks in Warsaw on Monday, public broadcaster Polish Radio's IAR news agency reported.

The two heads of state were accompanied by Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser–Duda and her Finnish counterpart Jenni Haukio. 

Afterwards, the Polish president told reporters that the discussion had focused on regional security, notably "migration pressure on Finland from Russia."

Duda said Russia was conducting "a hybrid attack" by pushing migrants towards the Finnish border.

He said Poland was ready to provide "political support" to Finland, as well as share its experiences from "two years of protecting its border" against "migration pressure orchestrated by Belarusian authorities."

The Polish and Finnish presidents also discussed further support for Ukraine's fight against the Russian invasion, according to officials.

Duda said that Poland was continuing its support of Ukraine, adding that "every Polish government, regardless of political affiliation, should do so, as such an approach is in Poland's and Europe's interests," state PAP news agency reported.

He added that Ukraine should regain control over "all the land within its internationally recognised borders," from before Russia's 2014 attack. 

The Polish president also stated that "after the war is over, Ukraine should be admitted to NATO."

Duda and Niinistö also discussed Polish-Finnish economic cooperation, with the Polish president noting afterwards that "bilateral trade has surpassed EUR 5 billion a year."

Other topics included the development of road and railway infrastructure and the future expansion of nuclear energy, under the European climate protection policy, reporters were told. 

Monday is day 635 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.


Source: IAR, PAP, prezydent.pl

Click on the audio player above for a report by Radio Poland's Michał Owczarek.