Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini believes President Sauli Niinistö’s meeting with his US colleague Donald Trump is a significant recognition of the relationship between the two countries. Mr Soini estimates that the United States wanted to express that the two countries have had lots of practical co-operation in e.g. crisis management operations and that Finland plays a part in ensuring stability in the Baltic Sea region. He says it is worth noting that Mr Trump gave preference to the meeting with Mr Niinistö and parted to inspect the storm damages in Texas later. The minister believes that the US appreciates Finland’s pragmatism when it comes to actions and statements.
Media: Helsingin Sanomat
Journalist: Anni Lassila
Main source: Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini