Finnish President Sauli Niinistö responded to the attacks of the former Minister of defence of Sweden Karin Enstrom, who criticized him for his decision to invite Putin. Niinistö came to the defense of Russian-Finnish relations reproaching Enstrom that it is behind the times.
The ex-Minister of defence of Sweden made their claims during the security summit in the Finnish city of Naantali. In particular, she said that the Swedes “difficult to understand” why the Finnish President invited Vladimir Putin to his country, according to the portal Yle. According to preliminary data, the Russian leader will visit Finland in early July.
Niinistö strongly reacted to this remark. He said that around the world has repeatedly heard the call to demonstrate to Russia that she “did wrong.” But all understand that to maintain a dialogue with the Russians is no less important than with other neighbors, said the politician.
The President of Finland said that earlier already heard criticism for the attitude to Russia from the Baltic countries, however, the current reaction of the Swedes is “something new”.
He explained Enstrom that other countries, including the US, support from Moscow is much closer than is commonly believed. Niinistö also said that from the Russian side were not undertaken attempts to influence the foreign policy of Finland. “I think you’re a little behind the times,” said former Swedish Minister.
The head of the foreign Ministry of Finland Timo Soini after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said that in early July, Vladimir Putin will travel to Naantali. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the dates of the working visit are discussed, notes RIA Novosti.Related posts: