The message reads, in part:
“Russia and Finland are bound as genuinely good neighbours by constructive cooperation based on trust and mutual respect. We hope to continue our traditionally substantial political dialogue at every level and deepen our multi-faceted work together in the interests of our peoples, and improve the quality of life on both sides of the Russian-Finnish border.
I am sure that our actively developing partnership on the international stage is in our countries’ interests and will help to consolidate overall European stability and security.
Mr Niinisto, I wish you success in your responsible office and I wish Finland’s friendly people prosperity and wellbeing.”