The Ukrainian crisis and enhancement of relations between Finland and Switzerland were on the agenda when President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö met Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, during the latter's state visit to Finland on Monday 7 April 2014. President Niinistö notes that the situation in eastern Ukraine has reached a watershed. "The attention of Europe and of the whole world is focused there."
The Kultaranta talks, a foreign policy discussion event, will be held again this year. Around one hundred foreign policy experts and debaters will convene at the President of the Republic's summer residence at Kultaranta in Naantali on 8-9 June 2014. Developments in Russia will be one of the overarching themes of the talks.