11 Mar 2022 17:25

Finnish president urges ceasefire in Ukraine, addresses safety of Ukrainian nuclear facilities in telephone call with Putin - statement

BERLIN. March 11 (Interfax) - Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has called Russian President Vladimir Putin; during the conversation, he insisted on declaring a ceasefire in Ukraine and brought up the problem of safety and security of Ukrainian nuclear facilities, the Finnish presidential office said in a statement on Friday.

"President Niinisto underscored the need to achieve an immediate ceasefire and to ensure a safe evacuation of civilians through humanitarian corridors," the statement says.

Niinisto also brought up the subject of "safety and security of the nuclear energy facilities in Ukraine," it said.

The Finnish leader also informed his Russian counterpart of a conversation he had previously had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who once again offered to hold direct talks with Putin.