Finland’s Prime Minister has issued a blunt message to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, on his first visit to Moscow.
Speaking after his meeting, Antti Rinne (SDP) stressed that relations between the two neighbouring countries are as effective as the can be, given the state of international affairs at present.
“Russia plays a crucial role in resolving the conflict in Ukraine. Relations between the EU and Russia can only be normalised if the Minks agreements are fully implemented” said Rinne.
“We do not accept the occupation of Crimea. Finland stands completely behind EU policy” he adds.
Climate change and business
Also on the agenda for Monday’s talks were climate change, the environment and economic relations between Finland and Russia.
“We can do a lot together in environmental matters. We discussed conrete measures in relation to the Paris Climate Convention” says Rinne, who also briefed Medvedev on a Baltic Sea Summit the Finns are planning to host.
Turning to business development and economic relations, Prime Minister Rinne noted that Russia is an important market for many Finnish companies – despite ongoing EU sanctions.