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President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Russia and cooperation between Finland and Sweden

Government Communications Department
Publication date 19.12.2018 15.29 | Published in English on 19.12.2018 at 18.11
Press release 626/2018

On Friday 19 December, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed international political questions related to Russia. Topics on the agenda included the situation in Ukraine, the Council of Europe, and relations between Russia and the United States.

Finland supports Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity. Finland is concerned about the escalation of the situation in the Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea. Russia must allow free navigation and take action to return the Ukrainian vessels seized by it and to release their crew. 

The meeting also discussed cooperation between Finland and Sweden in the foreign and security policy and defence sectors.

Inquiries: Tanja Jääskeläinen, Deputy Director General, tel. +358 295 350 303, Maimo Henriksson, Director General (Russia), tel. +358 295 351 247, Pilvi-Sisko Vierros-Villeneuve, Director General (Sweden), tel. +358 295 350 224, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Janne Kuusela, Director General (defence cooperation), tel. +358 295 140 300, Ministry of Defence