Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Finland on August 21, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö had a long phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday evening.

The presidents spoke about the tense situation on the Crimean peninsula and at the border between Russia and Ukraine.

President Niinistö expressed his serious concern over an escalation of the situation due to the troop movements and raised the need for dialogue and actions to reduce tensions.

President Putin told about his conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden and also about the planned meeting of the two presidents.

President Niinistö informed of his initiative to strengthen the 50-year-old Helsinki Spirit in 2025, and it was discussed in a positive tone.

In addition, the prison conditions of Alexei Navalny were discussed.