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MOSCOW, June 6./TASS/. The situation in Ukraine affects European security, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini said after talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday.
"I have expressed concern over issues connected with security of the OSCE observers," the diplomat said. "The situation in Ukraine has a strong impact on the situation across Europe and affects security of the whole of Europe," Timo Soini added.
"Our position is firm - the Minsk agreements must be implemented," the top Finnish diplomat stressed. "This is the roadmap," he added.
The Finnish foreign minister added that Helsinki is looking forward to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit at the beginning of July.
"We exchange visits extensively, President Putin will visit Naantali at the beginning of July," he said.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed earlier on Monday that Putin is planning to visit Finland. "Yes, preparations are being made for this visit. When there is final understanding on dates and timeframe (of the visit), we will make an official statement on this," he said commenting on Finnish media reports that this visit may take place in July.