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Finland's Glorious Strawberry Season Brings Together World Leaders Yet Again

The show is over. Presidents Trump and Putin have left Helsinki after a colourful summit in the Finnish capital. I – as almost everyone around the globe – wish that the summit strengthens peaceful collaboration.
Why Helsinki was selected as the location for the summit? There have been some 1970s remains in the international media referring to Finland as “neutral country” between East and West. I think our President, Sauli Niinistö, refuted this profoundly well in his press conference. Finland has been, is, and remains part of the West. We are modern, advanced democracy, independent for 101 years. We are the only country Stalin tried to conquer but failed. We are a member of the European Union.
Nevertheless, Finland is also pragmatic. We are one of the Eastern borders of the EU with some 1340 kilometres of borderline with Russia. We need to talk with the Russian leadership. We need to find pragmatic solutions to challenges posed by our geographical location. Therefore, Finland – like Au…

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