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President Niinistö to visit Ukraine next month

Niinistö will meet with the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian and actor.

Presidentti Volodymyr Zelensky puhuu medialle parlamenttivaalien alustavien tulosten tultua julki 21. heinäkuuta.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the new Ukrainian president, was previously a comedian and an actor. Image: Tatiana Zenkovich / EPA

President Sauli Niinistö will travel to Kiev, Ukraine, in mid-September to meet with freshly minted Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, according to the office of the president.

This is the first time that Niinistö will meet Zelensky, previously a comedian and actor, who started in the presidential post in May.

It’s been five years since Niinistö last visited Ukraine in 2014.

Helsinki meeting with Putin

Before heading to Kiev, Niinistö is to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on August 21st.

Putin and Niinistö have met regularly since they both took respective offices in 2012, even when many other European leaders declined to to meet with Putin in response to the Ukraine crisis.

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