President Niinistö met with the chairs of parties elected to Parliament

Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Press release 4/2022
21 February 2022

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö met with the chairs of parties elected to Parliament again on Monday, 21 February 2022.

In his introduction, President Niinistö briefed the chairs on his views on the current international political conflict, Ukraine and the demands made by Russia as well as the various options for resolving the situation. In addition, the President gave his views on Finland’s security policy discussion and the related attitude towards NATO.

In particular, President Niinistö emphasised the broad strengthening of the resilience of society. New technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum technology are also creating new, asymmetric threats. They, as well as the larger hybrid entity, require a new kind of security approach and the protection of critical infrastructure. For this reason, too, it is important that the Finnish information society remains internationally competitive.

After the introduction, there was an open and constructive discussion on the above themes.

The meeting was attended by party leaders Sanna Marin, Petteri Orpo, Annika Saarikko, Anna-Maja Henriksson and Harry Harkimo as well as, representing their parties, parliamentary group chairs Ville Tavio, Jussi Saramo, Atte Harjanne, and vice-chair Peter Östman.