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Niinistö talks European security, Ukrainian situation with US President Biden

The call was made on Biden's initiative, the Office of the President of Finland said.

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö. Image: Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö and United States President Joe Biden had a "long conversation" on the phone on Tuesday night, according to a press release from the Office of the President.

The two leaders discussed the European security situation, escalating tensions at the Ukraine-Russia border as well as the options for finding solutions, according to the statement, which added that call was initiated by the United States.

Niinistö confirmed the conversation in a tweet on Tuesday night.

"Phone call from President Biden. We shared concern about European security," Niinistö wrote.

The White House confirmed the discussion in a statement posted on Tuesday.

"The two leaders discussed their shared concern over Russia’s unprovoked military build-up on Ukraine's borders. They also discussed the importance of Finland's close defense partnership with the United States and with Nato to ensure security in northern Europe. President Biden underscored the right of Finland and other European countries to choose their security arrangements. The two presidents also discussed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an important venue for dialogue to deescalate tensions and address challenges to European security," the statement read.