Archive Photograph: Matti Porre/The Office of the President of the Republic

President Sauli Niinistö and the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel had a detailed telephone discussion on the prevailing situation in Belarus and on the Alexei Navalny case. The call was made on Friday, August 21, 2020.

On the same day, President Niinistö had a phone call with President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The Finnish president’s office described the call “long,” and according to the office, the presidents discussed opportunities to settle the tense situation in Belarus. The case of Alexei Navalny and the question of organizing his health care was also addressed.