Putin, Finnish president call for preserving neighborly relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a telephone conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at Finland's initiative, the Kremlin press service reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a telephone conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at Finland's initiative, the Kremlin press service reports.

"[The sides] discussed the situation created in their bilateral relations after the ban on entry into Finland of members of an official Russian delegation led by Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergei Naryshkin for attendance at the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Helsinki on July 5-9, 2015. V.V. Putin pointed to the legal incorrectness of the decision made under the pressure of certain members of the European Union," the report said.

"An assurance was expressed that despite the impact of external factors Russia and Finland will manage to preserve by joint efforts the neighborly and amicable nature of relations between the two countries. In this connection the significance and topicality of the agreements reached during the visit of S. Niinisto to Moscow on June 16, 2015, were emphasized," the report said.

Specific projects of Russian-Finnish cooperation were discussed.

"The leaders also exchanged opinions on topical international issues, including Ukraine and outcomes of the Vienna negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program," the Kremlin said.

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