Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the refusal of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to play hockey with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Peskov noted that hockey is a team game that promotes rapprochement and the formation of mutual trust.
“Indeed, a team sport like hockey promotes rapprochement and builds mutual trust, and this was a positive practice at the beginning of the career of the President of Finland,” he said.
Peskov added that the Russian president regularly plays hockey and does not lack a hockey team.
Notably, the newspaper La Repubblica published an interview with the President of Finland in which he said that he no longer plays hockey with Russian President Putin and stated that the only game that happened at the beginning of his career was in 2012, in response to a joint photo of two presidents on the hockey rink.