Prime Minister Stubb and Prime Minister Medvedev discussed the situation in Ukraine
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and the Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev spoke on the phone on Thursday, 24 July. In the call initiated by the Finnish side, the Prime Ministers had an open and good discussion about the situation in Ukraine after the downing of the Malaysian airliner, as well as the EU's reactions to the crash.
The Prime Ministers agreed the downing of the aircraft had been a great tragedy, and its thorough investigation was now absolutely necessary. Both expressed their condolences for the crash. The Prime Ministers agreed the downing of the airliner had turned a local conflict into a European one.
Prime Minister Stubb noted that from the point of view of the European Union, the downing of the airliner had become a turning point in the Ukraine crisis.
"I told Prime Minister Medvedev the EU was expecting full co-operation from Russia in the de-escalation of the situation in Eastern Ukraine. As sufficient action has not yet been seen, the EU will add new names to its sanctions list and also stands ready to widen the scope of its sanctions into economic and trade sectors", says Prime Minister Stubb.
Prime Minister Stubb and Prime Minister Medvedev agreed on the importance of continued dialogue and will continue their bilateral communication.