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Finland’s Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautela knows Vladimir Putin better than most diplomats. He has met him a dozen times, even in a sauna, he said, as he pointed to a photograph of him as the new Finnish Ambassador to Moscow presenting his credentials to Putin in November 2016, the day after President Trump was elected.
“Here I am with the Finnish President, we were actually flying to Sochi to meet Mr. Putin. That was in August 2014,” Ambassador Hautela said during an interview at his residence.
They were the first to meet with Putin after he invaded Crimea. Fox News asked him about the negotiations in the Russian sauna.
“I’ve been in lots of social situations with him yes,” Hautela said in an interview with Fox News.
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