EU summit urges Russia to end violence in SyriaWorld October 21, 3:14
Merkel says EU will consider measures against Russia if Aleppo strikes remain intensiveWorld October 21, 3:12
UN Secretary General welcomes Russia’s unilateral pause in Aleppo bombingWorld October 21, 1:38
43 ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day — Russian reconciliation centerWorld October 21, 1:33
Envoy says Donetsk Republic won’t agree to leave DebaltsevoWorld October 20, 21:42
IIHF chief Fasel: Appointing ex-Olympian as Russia’s sports minister an 'excellent choice'Sport October 20, 21:37
Militants in Aleppo are disrupting ceasefire and hindering evacuation, Lavrov tells KerryRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 21:25
Three Russian officers injured in gunmen's precision fire in SyriaWorld October 20, 21:09
Hungary’s foreign minister: Agreement between US, Russia only way to solve Syrian crisisWorld October 20, 20:38
HELSINKI, December 1. /TASS/. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has hailed the country’s relations with Russia as one of the core pillars of Finnish security policy.
Niinisto told Finnish TV channel MTV3 on Monday there were four such pillars, including firstly the country’s defense sector, which needed to be developed, and secondly various partnerships, like those with Sweden and NATO.
Relations with Russia were also among those pillars, the president said. “We maintain most friendly ties with our neighbors,” he said, adding that this was also a matter of security.
Lastly, the country encouraged international cooperation within the United Nations and other structures, Niinisto said, noting the need to maintain a balance between all those elements.
At the same time, the president said Finland would make its own decisions about relations with NATO regardless of other countries’ positions. Neither Sweden nor Russia could influence those decisions, he said, adding that Finland’s possible membership in the alliance would certainly change its relationship with Russia.