OREANDA-NEWS  Presidents of Finland and Russia - Sauli Niinistö and Vladimir Putin - held a telephone conversation on Friday, which lasted about an hour; the Heads of States discussed topical issues of the current agenda, the office of the Finnish Head reports.

"President of the Republic Sauli Niinisto and President of Russia Vladimir Putin had an hour telephone conversation on December, 28. In addition to bilateral relations between Finland and Russia, the Presidents discussed topical issues of the Arctic Council and the Council of Europe, the situation in the Sea of Azov and control over nuclear weapons," the report said.

The Presidents also wished each other a Good New Year, the office said.

The conversation was initiated by Finland. According to the office of the Finnish President, the conversation lasted about an hour. In a press-service of the Kremlin also said that Putin and Niinisto discussed the schedule of bilateral meetings in the next year. Finland during its presidency of the Council of Europe, as the Russian foreign Ministry hopes, will resolve the issue of Russia's membership in the organization and the return of Russian parliamentarians to vote by May 2019. Finland also intends to gather the International Arctic forum. Earlier it was reported that in Finland detained a citizen of Russia at the request of the United States.

In addition, Vladimir Putin called the President of Kyrgyzstan today. In the conversation, the leaders summed up the results of cooperation in the past year and discussed the schedule of future contacts and issues of further development.

The leader of Kyrgyzstan, the Russian head of state congratulated them on upcoming holidays and, as reported by the press service of the Kremlin, in response he warmly thanked Vladimir Putin.