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.



Two Finnish aid workers were killed today in Herat, Western Afghanistan

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been in contact with the family and employer of the deceased, and has expressed condolences.

The Finns were working for a project of the International Assistance Mission. The organization carries out cooperation with Finnish NGOs in Afghanistan.



Prime Minister's condolences to families of Finns killed in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has today expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan.

"We are faced with a great tragedy. Now, it is important the we support the bereaved families. Finland requires that a thorough investigation be conducted to bring those guilty to justice. Finland must also reassess the security situation in Afghanistan," Prime Minister Stubb said.



MINTC allocates EUR 4.5 million in environmental aid to vessels

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has allocated EUR 4.5 million in aid for costs related to sulphur scrubbers and the modification of fuel systems on ships. The aid was granted to Finnlines Oyj, Viking Line Abp and NLC Ferry Ab Oy (Wasaline).

In the third round of applications, applications were received from four shipping companies concerning ten vessels. The total amount applied for was EUR 14.5 million.