Finland’s president talks Arctic, Ukraine, Iran in phoner with Putin

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at a press conference in Russia in August 2014. (Ivan Sekretarev /AFP/Getty Images)
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at a press conference in Russia in August 2014. (Ivan Sekretarev /AFP/Getty Images)
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his Russian opposite Vladimir Putin have held a phone discussion touching on the situation in Ukraine among other items, according to the President’s office.

The president’s staff said that President Niinistö himself initiated the phone discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Apart from the situation in Ukraine, the discussion also covered subjects such as the state of affairs in Iran, bilateral relations and arctic cooperation.

Niinistö also reportedly stressed the importance of implementing the ceasefire agreement signed by the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels in Minsk, Belarus in February.

The agreement saw the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany pledge a package of measures aimed at alleviating the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The president’s office said that the two leaders agreed to maintain an ongoing dialogue.

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