Putin said he respected the neutrality of nations in the Baltic Sea region, saying Russia was willing to cooperate with them
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto answer questions during a news conference in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland, Thursday, July 27, 2017. President Putin pays a working visit to Finland to discuss bilateral and international issues with his Finnish counterpart and to commemorate Finland's 100-year independence. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP), photo: Sputnik Kremlin Pool/Mikhail Klimentyev via AP
27 of July 2017 13:35:24
HELSINKI – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday tried to calm regional anxiety over joint Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, where tensions have grown in recent years with an increased show of military force by both Moscow and NATO.Speaking to reporters after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin said Russia had joined China in military exercises before and that they were not aimed at any third party."The cooperation of Russia and China, in its totality including the military component, is one of the most important elements of security and stability in the world. Furthermore, it is not directed against any third countries," Putin said at a news conference. "In this case, our militaries are simply polishing their skills."