President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö attended the NATO Summit held on 8 to 9 July in Warsaw. Relations with Russia were a particular focus at the working dinner between the heads of NATO countries. President Niinistö commented that a discussion was held on NATO's two-path policy, in which deterrence and dialogue go hand-in-hand. "Dialogue clearly had greater prominence than in previous discussions. It is in strong balance with deterrence," the President stated.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin arrived in Finland for a working visit on Friday, 1 July 2016. At a joint press conference with President Putin, President Niinistö underlined the importance of cutting the spiral of mistrust in both the Baltic Sea region and Ukraine.
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