Finland will provide Ukraine with another 18th defense aid package by the end of this week, which will include heavy weapons and ammunition.
Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo announced in a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev that high-tech companies in Finland will cooperate with issues to “manufacture something together.”
Orpo said, “Finland has already provided assistance to Ukraine in the amount of €1.7 billion… We are now preparing the next 18th aid package. It will include heavy weapons, ammunition…
“We must deliver it finally at the end of this week. This is a very good package. It contains very necessary materials.”
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The President was asked by journalists if Finnish high technology will made be available to Ukraine and whether there was anything concrete that Finland could offer Kyiv.
The Prime Minister said he has had discussions over the issue with President Zelenskyy who called it a “good idea.”
He said, “We discussed this issue with the president. Last week we saw that a Swedish company signed a cooperation agreement with Ukraine. We discussed that there are high-tech companies in Finland, that they can deal with cooperation issues in order to manufacture something together. I think that we have something to do.
“We have experience. Therefore, this is a good idea.”
President Zelenskyy said Ukraine is interested in Finnish armored personnel carriers, he added, “We would like to manufacture them together – in Ukraine. We discussed this with the Prime Minister.
“He very correctly said that we had concluded a memorandum on the production of CV-90. But we need more. Both during the war and after, Ukraine will need to remain strong in order to not give Russia any opportunity to think about a second wave of aggression against us.
“Therefore, we need to produce more.”