According to President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, an open line of communication is required between the parties to the Ukrainian crisis, and the door to such communication is now at least ajar. On Saturday 16 August, President Niinistö returned from a two-day working visit during which he first met President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Sochi, followed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.
During his working visit to Sochi, Russia, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö met with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Friday 15 August 2014. The main topic of conversation was the Ukrainian crisis. After the discussion, the presidents gave statements to the media.
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