23:22 GMT01 March 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed by phone with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto arms control and cooperation in countering the spread of the coronavirus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

    "They discussed bilateral relations with an emphasis on cooperation in countering the coronavirus," he said.

    "The leaders exchanged views on security and stability issues on the continent in the context of arms control," Peskov added.

    According to Peskov, "the president of Finland also raised the issue of the Russian blogger, who is now in a pre-trial detention center in Moscow."

    Earlier, Niinisto's press service said that during the phone conversation, which took place at the initiative of Finland, the leaders discussed arms control issues and the situation with Alexey Navalny.

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