Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö on Saturday, the Kremlin press service reported.
The conversation took place on the initiative of the Finnish side.
A frank exchange of views was held in connection with the Finnish leadership’s announced intention to apply for membership in NATO, the report says.
Vladimir Putin stressed that abandoning the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake, since there are no threats to Finland’s security. Such a change in the country’s foreign policy may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which for many years have been built in the spirit of good neighborliness and partnership cooperation, and were mutually beneficial.
The leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, in particular, shared his assessment of the state of the negotiation process between Russian and Ukrainian representatives, which was actually suspended by Kyiv, which does not show interest in a serious and constructive dialogue.
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