And refused to dine with the King of Sweden
According to the British daily tabloid Daily Mail, Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech at a meeting with young entrepreneurs, in which he drew a parallel between current events and era of Peter I, had unexpected consequences outside the Russian Federation.
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And the consequences are as follows: the president Finland Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenny Haukio, who were on a visit to the Åland Islands (the Swedish-speaking part of Finland, located at the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia) on the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of autonomy, flew home by helicopter.
It was planned that the presidential the couple will have dinner with King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden and Queen Silvia, but the feast was urgently canceled and.
So strong indignation of the Finnish leader was caused by the words of his Russian colleague that Peter I “did not take anything away from Sweden”, but only returned his own territories.
“To our share it fell to return and strengthen,” Putin said, adding that these “basic values form the basis of the existence” of Russia.
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