Putin’s visit strengthened Finland’s position

Summary:

Editorial in Maaseudun Tulevaisuus discussed the President of Russia Vladimir Putin’s visit to Finland. While Sweden criticized Finland before the visit, President of Finland Sauli Niinistö managed to strengthen Finland’s position as a mediator between Russia and the West by contacting with the EU’s leading countries and Ukraine prior to the visit. Niinistö also emphasized to Putin that Finland was involved in setting sanctions on Russia instead of just law-abidingly following them. Reducing the sanctions or at least increasing clarity is important, because Russia is an important export partner for Finland.

Media:  Maaseudun Tulevaisuus

Date: 4.7.2016

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