Finland talks Arctic with Trump

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US President-elect Donald Trump speaks with the media at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks with the media at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)
Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö’s first discussion with US President-elect Donald Trump went well, according to a short statement released on the Finnish President’s official website.

Topics included bilateral relations, Russia and the Arctic, according to the Finnish statement.

Finnish president Sauli Niinistö spoke with US President-elect Donald Trump by phone on Thursday, according to a statement on the Finnish Presidential office website.

Arctic Council discussed

The statement says they held a discussion that touched on bilateral relations, Russia and the handover of the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which is currently held by the United States and will switch to Finland next spring.

The presidents also discussed Finland’s centenary independence celebrations, which are due to take place next year. Trump asked Niinistö to convey greetings to the citizens of Finland, who he described as ‘great people’, according to the statement.

The Finnish statement did not specify who instigated the call or how it was arranged.

Niinistö then thanked Trump on Twitter, saying “Thank You @realDonaldTrump for a great discussion! Until next time!”.

At the time of writing Trump had not replied – the last Tweet posted on his account was an attack on a trade union leader in Indianapolis.

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Canada:  Trump’s election a cold reality check for Arctic, Blog by Mia Bennett

Sweden: Sweden’s climate minister worried about Trump’s stance on global warming, Radio Sweden

United States:  Here are a few things some Alaskans are hoping to get out of President-elect Trump, Alaska Dispatch News

 

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