First of all, I would like to thank you, my dear colleagues, for coming to Helsinki today.
We meet each other a lot. Just yesterday, we met in Brussels for EU foreign ministers meeting.
But this format: Germany and the Nordic EU countries has a special status. We have many common interests as well as challenges.
It is essential that we discuss and reach common understanding about the challenges that Europe and European Union is now facing. We are like-minded partners.
Today we discussed about China, Russia and transatlantic relations.
I briefed my colleagues about the upcoming Finnish EU Presidency.