The European Union is ready to tighten sanctions against Russia because of the operation in Ukraine, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said during a telephone conversation with her Ukrainian counterpart Denis Shmygal, the Finnish government reports.

“Finland strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and continues to advocate a cohesive, rapid and decisive response in the EU with substantial sanctions for the attack, which Russia has only continued. Prime Minister Marin stressed that they are ready to impose additional sanctions very quickly,” the statement said.

Marin noted that the situation in Ukraine deeply affects the residents of Finland. The heads of government discussed “a similar experience in the history of the Finns.”

It is noted that during the discussion, the importance of supporting Kyiv was emphasized, Marin spoke about the assistance already provided, including military assistance that has arrived in Ukraine.

“The Prime ministers stated that it is important to respond to Russia’s information war, during which Russia transmits false information about the war and its intentions to the Russians,” the message says.

Ukraine’s application for membership in the European Union and Ukrainians’ hopes for a European future were also discussed.

The Prime Ministers agreed to meet in person as soon as the situation allows, the message emphasizes.