The Kremlin comments after European leaders have not vowed to play hockey with Putin anymore

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said he would not play ice hockey with Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin suggested that there would be no major loss to President Vladimir Putin after Finnish Sauli Niinistö said he would not consider playing ice hockey again with Russian leaders.

Talk to the Italian media La Repubblica This week, Niinistö was asked about Putin’s appearance on the ice in 2012, and whether he would repeat it.

“No, I won’t play anymore,” a Finnish politician replied, adding that Putin was not considered a “partner.”

When asked about comments on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed out the potential positive impact of sports on relationships, but suggested Putin wouldn’t miss it.

“Sports, and team sports like hockey, contribute to the formation of mutual trust, and from this point of view, it was once the first very good and positive practice of Mr. Niinistö’s presidential path.” Said Pescov.

“Well, now he says he won’t play. [But] Putin has no shortage of members on his team … that’s why Putin plays hockey and does it regularly, “Peskov added.

The Russian President is known as an avid hockey fan and regularly appears in his hometown Night Hockey League, which was founded in 2011 under his leadership.

Niinistö’s remarks begin with the appearance of Russia-Finland relations in the headline after Finland and Sweden have reached an agreement to join NATO.

“Unfortunately, there are no problems in Sweden or Finland like Ukraine,” Putin said in response to this development.

“We have no territorial disputes. There is nothing to worry about us about Finland and Sweden joining NATO. If they want, leave it to them.”

But Russian leaders said, “We need to clearly understand that there was no threat before, but now, if the troops and infrastructure are in place there, we are forced to respond and create them. Will be the same threat to the area where we are threatened. “

Hockey was one of the sports that imposed sanctions on Russia after the global governing body banned Russian and Belarusian teams from participating in tournaments.

IIHF also robbed Russia of the 2023 World Junior Championships and the Men’s 2023 World Championships. The latter is currently co-sponsored by Finland and Latvia.

The Finnish team, Jokerit Helsinki, previously played for the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), but withdrew after the conflict in Ukraine began.

Finland’s Ice Hockey Federation Ban Finnish players from national team If they play in a Russian club.

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