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Ukrainian president to visit Norway in mid-October

Ukrainian president to visit Norway in mid-OctoberUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit Norway in October 2016, Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende has said.

"We've discussed further development of [our bilateral] partnership, in particular in light of the president's visit to Norway and his meeting with the PM during the middle of October," Brende said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Palvo Klimkin on Wednesday in Kyiv.

Brende says Norway assists Ukraine in these complicated times by helping Ukraine conduct key reforms, as well as allocating finances for helping internally displaced persons (IDPs).

"We wholeheartedly welcome the efforts of Ukraine in talks about implementing the Minsk agreements, however we realize Russian troops must be withdrawn from eastern Ukraine, where they continue to destabilize the situation," he said.

Klimkin said many issues had been discussed during talks with his counterpart.

"We agreed to create a bilateral commission. Its inaugural sitting will take place early this autumn, before Poroshenko's visit to Norway," Klimkin said.

He added that the sides had also discussed the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, as well as the top-level Ukraine-NATO commission meeting scheduled for July 9.
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