Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with President of Finland Sauli Niinisto, Helsinki, March 3, 2020
Thank you very much, Mr President,
Best regards from President Vladimir Putin. He is looking forward to a new meeting with you this year.
Of course, my visit offers us a good opportunity to discuss bilateral relations and the international agenda. Syria is important because terrorism must not be allowed to prevail and I am ready to discuss this issue.
But we also would like to focus on events much closer to Finland and Russia. I mean the situation in the Baltic Sea region, your initiatives on ensuring security, which we strongly support, although not all of them are fully implemented. We would also like to discuss this.
So once again, thank you very much for this opportunity, Mr President, to meet with you.