Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta's call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba – Readout, 15 February 2022

Ministry Statements & Speeches:

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta spoke by telephone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday 15 February.

The Ministers acknowledged the warm relationship built up over 30 years of diplomatic relations between Aotearoa New Zealand and Ukraine, underpinned by our shared values, including our commitment to multilateralism, human rights, and the rules-based international order.

Minister Mahuta conveyed deep concerns at the ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine, including the unprecedented build-up of Russian military forces on the Ukraine border.

Minister Mahuta reiterated Aotearoa New Zealand’s ongoing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the hope that ongoing diplomatic discussions, including in the Normandy Format, will bring about an urgent de-escalation of tensions.

Minister Mahuta conveyed that Aotearoa New Zealand stands ready to support ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.

Ministers discussed bilateral cooperation between New Zealand and Ukraine including a cyber-security dialogue, as well as human rights.


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