Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a joint press conference in Kiev at the conclusion of their meeting on Saturday.
Niinistö surmised that a solution to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia is possible.
“After yesterday’s and today’s discussions, I have reached the conclusion that there is an opportunity to reconcile the situation, perhaps more so now that at any time in the past,” President Niinistö commented from Kiev.
Finland is ready to help
Niinistö also said that Finland was prepared to do everything in its power to promote peace.
“Finland continues to be open to providing all the assistance it can, as well as services, if they are necessary,” he said.
Poroshenko in turn took the view that Finland represents the European Union, focusing on matters between the EU and Ukraine in his statements.
Poroshenko also reported that he had received an invitation to conduct a state visit to Finland. He said he would travel to Finland as soon as the situation in Ukraine had calmed.
Niinistö replied that he hoped the visit would come to fruition faster than anyone had dared to dream.
The atmosphere at the presidents’ joint press conference was markedly relaxed and friendly.