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‘Peace in Europe depends solely on Putin’: Ukraine PM in Oslo

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he does not have "very high expectations" of a coming peace summit in Berlin, after a meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Oslo.

'Peace in Europe depends solely on Putin': Ukraine PM in Oslo
President Petro Poroshenko met Norway's King Harald V at the Royal Palace. Photo: Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix
“Let's not have very high expectations on this meeting,” Poroshenko told a press conference alongside Solberg. “Am I optimistic enough? Yes I'm very optimistic about the future of Ukraine but unfortunately not so optimistic about tomorrow's meeting.”
 
Poroshenko and the Russian, French and German leaders will meet in Berlin on Wednesday to “assess the implementation” of the Minsk agreement aiming to solve the Ukrainian conflict, which has now entered its third year.
 
Accusing Moscow of violating its commitment to the Minsk agreement, Poroshenko said: “peace in Europe depends solely on Putin.”
 

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Is Norway about to relax its strict coronavirus travel rules?

Norway's government is to make a new announcement on coronavirus travel restrictions today. Could it open up for the wives and girlfriends of Norwegian citizen or relax tourism rules?

Is Norway about to relax its strict coronavirus travel rules?
Erna Solberg speaking at a press conference in May. Photo: Norway PM's office
Norway's prime minister Erna Solberg, foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, minister of health Bent Høie, and business minister Iselin Nybø will all attend the press conference at 4pm, indicating that they plan to make a significant announcement. 
 
The conference will also be attended by Espen Rostrup Nakstad from the Directorate of Health, and Frode Forland, Norway's state epidemiologist at the Norwegian Institution of Public Health.
 
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“I think this is what we've been waiting for,” said one of the members of the Facebook group  “Oss med familie eller kjæreste i utlandet under Covid-19 2020” (Those of us with family or sweethearts abroad during Covid-19 2020), which has been pushing for the rules to be relaxed so they can bring their partners to Norway. 
 
 
But another member pointed out that as Norway's justice minister Monica Mæland, who is responsible for setting the rules for family reunification, is not attending, the may be disappointed. 
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