After End of Trump-Putin Summit, President of Finland Heads To Nearest Bar For A Drink. Wouldn't you?
After a tough day at the office, an after-work drink is often the best way to let off some steam- even if youâre the president of Finland.
A far cry from the 1,000-strong entourage of the U.S. President Donald Trump and the vast motorcade of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Finnish head of state Sauli NiinistÃ¶ was spotted enjoying a cool one, with only a handful of cabinet colleagues in tow.
NiinistÃ¶ was seen sitting at a terrace table of a bar with his colleagues just across from the presidential palace in Helsinki, only hours after he had held separate talks with the leader of the free world and his Russian counterpart.
Niinistoâs communications director Katri Makkonen told the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat: âIt was an informal moment between the president and his cabinet after a long day in a gentle summer evening.&quo t;Recommended Slideshows76The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World59The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World61Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) talks with Finland President Sauli NiinistÃ¶ in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2017. They met in Helsinki on Monday before the Trump-Putin summit.
T he next morning, NiinistÃ¶ underwent routine surgery at Jorvi Hospital in Espoo, with his office saying his full recovery would take a week.
NiinistÃ¶ is known for his informal appearances among the populace, and is often spotted playing ice hockey in Helsinki. However, he has lamented how his position does making walking his dog Lennu difficult, a task he wishes could enjoy without his bodyguards, Helsingin Sanomat reported.
After the summit, NiinistÃ¶ posted a message on Facebook thanking all those in the city who had helped with the summit.
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"I pay tribute to all those thousands who played their different roles in making this a success on a tight timetable. A lot of people roasted in suits and uniforms, many of them helping to distribute information in a hectic environment, accommodating and transporting guests and so on."
He also thanked the protesters who had demonstrated agains t the summit, describing them as âa lot of help to me. I didn't need to jab my finger at the guests, it was enough to refer to the demonstrations and say that they were making good points.
He said that in his talks, "arms control and disarmament as well as strategic stability were the topics that raised the most hopes.
"In particular one U.S. Senators' words stuck in my mind (who said) 'You're the last leader to speak to Trump before he meets Putin. It's on you,'â he wrote, according to Finnish news website yle.fi.
Trump met with the Finnish president ahead of the summit, telling him: âWe really appreciate Finland, very highly respect for your country.â
The pair had met during the NATO summit in Brussels last week, where NiinistÃ¶ had said the alliance was strong, despite the U.S. Presidentâs âbluntâ comments about it.
Finland is an American ally but is not a member of NATO due to its policy of milit ary non-alignment. It has strong ties with the alliance, however, and contributes to NATO-led operations.Source: Google News Finland | Netizen 24 Finland