Niinistö’s careful diplomacy worked with Trump – Short catch phrases and small enough steps helped advance issues

President Sauli Niinistö told Finnish reporters in Washington on Tuesday that he considered carefully how to best move forward in environmental issues with US President Donald Trump. He decided to discuss only environmental protection in the Arctic, as Finland is the current chair of the Arctic Council and experts are unanimous about the impact of the ice melting in the Arctic. Mr Niinistö says the two presidents also had a lengthy discussion about Russia and that he tried to contribute to even a slight improvement in the relationship between the US and the EU. The president estimates that it was easy to establish dialogue with Mr Trump and is glad that Mr Trump had ensured that the dialogue would continue.

Date: 29.8.2017
Journalist: STT / Maria Annala
Main source: President Sauli Niinistö

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