The Ukrainian crisis and enhancement of relations between Finland and Switzerland were on the agenda when President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö met Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, during the latter's state visit to Finland on Monday 7 April 2014. President Niinistö notes that the situation in eastern Ukraine has reached a watershed. "The attention of Europe and of the whole world is focused there."
The situation in Syria and the regional consequences of the Syrian crisis were on the agenda at a meeting between President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and the President of Lebanon Michel Sleiman held in Beirut on Thursday 13 March 2014. The presidents discussed the economic and social pressure imposed on Lebanon by the flood of Syrian refugees. President Niinistö said the refugee situation in Lebanon is unprecedented and extremely difficult
»President Sauli Niinistö and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy debated the situation in Ukraine on Sunday 2 March. "The threat or use of violence is a breach of international law...»