During his official visit to Helsinki, Victor Yushchenko met with Finland’s Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, president's press office reported.

They discussed ways to build closer political, economic, investment, educational  and scientific ties between the two countries. Mr. Yushchenko and Mr. Vanhanen also spoke about European integration. The President said a new agreement between Ukraine and the European Union should stipulate a number of projects, including concrete prospects for EU membership.

They also talked about Europe’s energy security. Mr. Yushchenko said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union should start a tripartite dialogue to adequately protect interests of those who produce, transport and consume energy. He also suggested that Ukraine, Russia and the European Union resume talks on the creation of a gas consortium and urged European partners to actively use Ukraine’s gas depots.

Mr. Vanhanen suggested that Ukraine and Finland hold a business forum involving Finland’s leading companies during a meeting of the Ukraine-Finland Economic Commission in 2007.


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