President of Finland Sauli Niinistö (retranslated): Mr President, members of the Russian delegation,
I am very glad to welcome you at the Kultaranta residence.
Last time you visited it about three years ago and the weather was just as fine as it is now. Nothing has changed here either in our residence or this territory. However, certain changes have taken place in the world and, alas, not for the better. So it is very important that we can make progress on positive issues, and you are playing a major role in this.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Thank you very much for your invitation, Mr President. Indeed, little has changed in this residence, which is very good because it is very beautiful and it is best not to touch or destroy anything – something I think Finns are doing very well.
Indeed, we have topics to discuss, considering the events in Europe and the rest of the world and our bilateral relations. I am very glad for this opportunity you have offered us.
Thank you very much.