US, Russia held secret Ukraine meeting on Finnish island: Helsinki

Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja was quoted by public broadcaster Yle as confirming the confidential talks between the United States and Russia on a small Finnish island in JuneThe United States and Russia met on a small Finnish island in June for confidential talks on the Ukraine crisis, the Nordic nation’s foreign ministry said Tuesday. “The foreign ministry confirms that the meeting was organised and the ministry helped at the request of the (US and Russian) parties,” the ministry said in a tweet, without giving more specific information. The exact date of the meeting was unclear, but June as a whole was a period of steadily growing tension between Russia and the west amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian separatists.

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