HS: Niinistö noticed two possible positive signs in talks with Putin

“The line of thought [behind my question] is that they may have given up on overthrowing the government because they are willing to negotiate. This is what the shark is behind. I may be on the wrong track, but that would be at least a small positive signal if my suspicions turned out to be true, ”he explained to the newspaper.

“I may be misinterpreting this aspect, but if you’re negotiating with another government and your is to overthrow that government, I don’t think you’re negotiating.”

Another positive sign is that the Russian President has explicitly expressed his readiness to continue discussions.

“This has never happened in our previous negotiations – Putin said he was ready to continue negotiations, that is. Usually the conversations end in goodbye. Now he specifically mentioned that he was available. It’s unusual, said.

He saw that these two aspects could be interpreted as “sensitive” constructive signs, although it is uncertain whether they have any concrete meaning.

Putin, he also revealed, barely responded to his demand for an immediate temporary ceasefire in . Niinistö had about an hour-long telephone conversation with Putin on Friday, March 11, the first time the heads of state have been discussing since Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Niinistö: Finland has “full support” from Britain in security policy decisions

Niinistö sat with the British on Tuesday Boris Johnson On Downing Street in London to discuss Putin’s Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences for the European security landscape.

According to Niinistö, Britain understands Finland’s position very well.

“We also get the full support of the UK in doing our own thing [security] decisions, one way or another, ”he said quoted as saying During the media visibility of Helsingin Sanomat. “Because I was just asked about membership [in the press conference]yes, the clear message from Britain is that the doors are open for them. “

The message was also reflected press release put on Downing Street.

“The Prime Minister reiterated that sovereign must be able to choose their own future without fear or threat from Russia,” they say. “He also expressed Britain’s long-term and strong support for Finland and its security, and said that he looked forward to the deepening of defense and cultural relations between our peoples.

Niinistö added that although the scope of concrete support has been discussed at ministerial meetings, there is a “long way” to binding security guarantees, as helping another country requires parliamentary approval.

According to Niinistö, the two heads of state are worried about finding a balance between ending the killing of civilians and the threat of escalating violence. This issue, he added, is particularly important for NATO countries.

“It’s a very difficult equation. The pressure to stop killing one way or another will only increase,” he said.

Niinistö visited London on and Tuesday to attend the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) summit of the British-led of Northern . Public statement The coalition stresses that no other country should be allowed to “fall victim to attempts at violent expansionism.”

“There is no going back to the past,” Niinistö said.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page

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