President Niinistö to attend NATO summit

Summary:
President Sauli Niinistö will attend the NATO summit in Brussels next week. Mr Niinistö has been invited to a working dinner on Wednesday and a meeting discussing the Afghanistan crisis management operation on Thursday.

In addition to the NATO member countries, the dinner includes Finland, Sweden and the EU. In 2014, Finland and Sweden received an invitation to expanded partnership with NATO.

President Niinistö has been at NATO Summits on a regular basis. He also attended the meeting in Warsaw in 2016, in Wales in 2014 and in Chicago in 2012.

Turun Sanomat reports that Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs said to Lännen Media that President Sauli Niinistö may receive more attention at the NATO Summit due to the upcoming summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. President Niinistö may be inquired about any information he may have about the topics that could be discussed at the Helsinki summit.

The only information that has emerged about the upcoming summit is that Russia does not want to discuss the situation in Crimea. Last week, Presídent Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton was in Moscow for preparatory meeting of presidents.

Media:  Savon Sanomat, Turun Sanomat
Date: 3.7.2018
Journalist: STT
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