The president expressed gratitude to Norway for the support of independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine in one of the most difficult periods of its history - struggle against foreign aggression and terrorism. "Your country like no one else knows that terrorism can bring a lot of trouble. We have been with you in the days of the tragedy in Oslo and on the island of Utøya, which ended up with innocent people killed," the president said, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the head of state.
As a gesture of solidarity, President Poroshenko handed to Prime Minister Solberg 5 iron roses from Ukrainian blacksmiths for the monument "Iron Rose for Norway" that will honor the memory of the victims of terrorist attacks that took place in Norway on June 22, 2011. This monument will be opened in 2016 and will symbolize a great number of roses brought by the Norwegian people to the explosion site in Oslo and the murder site on the island of Utøya. Blacksmiths from several dozens of countries have already sent their iron roses. Ukrainians are among them now.
The head of state drew attention of the Norwegian prime minister to the numerous acts of terrorism, particularly the MH17 tragedy and the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The president emphasized that difficult situation in the Donbas could be solved by the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements by all the parties.
The president noted that the use of gas as political weapon was inadmissible. He expressed gratitude to Norway for understanding and support of Ukraine on its way to energy independence and economic development. "Our cooperation in economic sphere is very important, particularly given that Ukraine needs immediate diversification of energy supply, first of all gas supply," the president said adding that the first company, which had offered its assistance to Ukraine, had been the Norwegian company Statoil.
In her turn, commenting on the situation in the Donbas, the prime minister of Norway stressed that Russia should comply with the Minsk agreements not in word but in deed.
In the framework of the meeting, the parties discussed further joint steps to ensure the security of Ukraine, attract the international support more actively and enhance the unity of the countries for the peaceful resolution of the situation.
Erna Solberg shared her impressions from visiting Maidan and the place of death of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred. "After suffering a year of difficult challenges in the struggle for freedom and independence, Ukraine deserves peace, stability and economic growth," the Prime Minister noted.