According to the President, the line of Finland’s foreign policy is unchanged.
22.1. 15:23 | Updated 22.1. 17:54
Republic president Sauli Niinistö already seems tired of the debate about whose role – the prime minister or the president – in Finland is to take a stand against an opposition politician Alexei Navalnyin situation in Russia.
“Isn’t this big tweet discussion (Navalnyi) already allowed to be. The line of Finland’s foreign policy is unchanged, ”Niinistö tweeted on Friday.
Yet on Thursday, Niinistö regretted that there was no prior discussion of the related communications.
“There was no prior discussion of any kind,” he said at an event by the Association of Political Journalists.
“Now, of course, I stick to the constitution, which quite clearly stipulates foreign policy and its management in cooperation,” Niinistö said.
Prime minister Sanna Marin (sd) demanded the release of Navalny’s first messaging service on Twitter on Monday. Niinistö later on the same day conveyed a similar message in an interview with HS.
Marin has commented on the marching order on a couple of occasions and said he had the impression that an exchange of messages had taken place with the President’s Office. However, this was not the case.
Last on Friday before government talks at the Estates House on interest rate restrictions, Marin said his staff had been in contact with the Foreign Ministry about the EU’s joint statement and the Office of the President of the Republic was also involved in the chain.
However, Marin also stated that “clearly, of course, there should also have been direct contact from the staff to the office of the President of the Republic”.
Prime minister said he believed that both had a common will to further strengthen the dialogue.
Marin was also asked about the need to clarify the order of the march, but it is clear, according to the Prime Minister:
“The President of the Republic leads foreign policy in co-operation with the Council of State.”