Putin meets up with Finnish President Niinistö

President Sauli Niinistö and President Putin Press Release. Picture: Roni Rekomaa / Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

The Iltasanomat reported the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin as he landed at Helsinki-Vantaa airport on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Iltasanomat, massive security measures was apprehended in Helsinki City as the 20-car convoy of the Russian president headed to the Presidential Palace. There, Putin was received by the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.

During the press release, the presidents answered four questions regarding EU-Russia relations, as Finland is currently holding the EU presidency. The news conference featured protests in Moscow, a recent missile test by the United States on a medium-range missile, a nuclear accident in Arkhangelsk, Russia, and the Nord Stream 2-gas pipeline.

After the press conference, both presidents continued to Suomenlinna for a private but work-related dinner.

Niinistö and Putin arrive at Suomenlinna for dinner on Wednesday evening. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva

The overall conclusion of the visit is that Putin got his messages through without major interference from Niinistö. The Russian president stated that Finland and Russia have good relationship and will grant easier visa access to foreign tourists visiting Russia. Putin left Finland by airplane after 11 pm.