Sauli Niinistö in the Italian media: Hockey games with Putin are over

President Sauli Niinistö was asked a surprising question.

Sauli Niinistö in the Italian media: Ice hockey games with Putin are over

During the 2012 state visit, the presidents played a hockey game. [email protected] at 13:28

The President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö has given an interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The interview with the Italian newspaper mostly deals with Finland's accession to NATO and the shared history of Finland and Russia.

– We have reached a good compromise with Turkey, Niinistö states in the interview with the newspaper.

Finland's and also Sweden's NATO aspirations moved forward with force on Tuesday evening, when Finland, Sweden and Turkey finally found an agreement in the long-running dispute concerning Finland's and Sweden's NATO membership.

In the newspaper story, Niinistö is also told that Finland has a long border with Russia.

– Yes, and also a long history, which is not very good, Niinistö answers.

After this, the editor of the Italian newspaper asks President Niinistö a completely different, somewhat surprising question.

Niinistö is asked about the picture in which he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are playing hockey together.

– Yes, and it happened in 2012. It was my first visit to Russia, Niinistö says.

The Italian newspaper refers to President Niinistö's 2012 state visit to Russia, when Presidents Putin and Niinistö sparred with each other in an ice hockey match.

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Niinistö is also asked if he would say that anything has changed in ten years? And that Putin was then a partner and now an enemy?

– I wouldn't talk about a partner. We share a long border, so there are many daily problems to solve. For example, shipping traffic is always busy in the Gulf of Finland. Russia is not a partner, but a neighbor, Niinistö answers.

Finally, Niinistö is asked if he would still play with Putin

– No. I wouldn't play anymore, Niinistö answers.

This was previously reported by Ilta-Sanomat in Finland.

Kreml sent greetings to Niinistö – “Putin has no shortage of members in his team” 1.7. 20:48

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