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Finnish presidential candidate supports using frozen Russian assets for Ukraine's reconstruction

Saturday, 23 September 2023, 17:34

Olli Rehn, the director of the Bank of Finland, who officially became the Centre Party candidate for the country's presidency on Saturday, has made a statement regarding the use of frozen assets of the Russian Federation.

Source: Finnish TV and radio company Yle; European Pravda

Details: As expected, at the Centre Party meeting, Rehn was selected as their candidate for the presidency. Rehn had already collected the necessary 20,000 signatures for his official registration.


"I am deeply grateful to the 20,000 Finns who supported my candidacy," Rehn said in his speech.

As president, he said, he will be able to draw on his experience, values and work methods.

In his speech, Rehn stressed that foreign policy is within the competence of the president. He also spoke about the war in Ukraine.

The Centre Party candidate believes that Russia’s frozen currency reserves should be used to rebuild Ukraine.

Rehn noted that his rivals in the presidential race will be experienced candidates, which is good news for voters.

The first round of presidential elections in Finland will take place in January 2024.

Pekka Haavisto, a former Finnish foreign minister, is currently the front runner in the presidential race.

Read European Pravda’s interview with Pekka Haavisto: "We talk about nuclear weapons, but the front line looks like World War I"

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