Finland's Foreign Minister wants to keep the calm at the Russian border.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said it was vital for Helsinki to keep in touch with Moscow . Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed Finland's desire to apply for NATO membership .

Helsinki, Finland, May 14 (Sputnik): At the doorstep of a formal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Saturday that it was vital for Helsinki to keep in touch with Moscow to maintain stability along the Russian-Finnish border, commenting on the Russian-Finnish border.The minister said that Helsinki would like to continue maintaining the stability along the 1,300-kilometer stretch.Therefore, according to Haavisto, it is vital that we communicate with our neighbours.In a telephone conversation initiated by Finland on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Helsinki's desire to apply for NATO membership.Putin told Niinisto that joining the NATO group would have a negative effect on mutual ties between the two countries, which were united in a spirit of good neighbourliness and cooperation.

Russia's demands aimed at prohibiting countries from joining NATO and its military operation in Ukraine have inadvertently altered the political climate in Finland.Helsinki wishes to strengthen its own security, Niinisto said, adding that Finland intends to take care of the technical problems that come from being a Russian neighbor in a positive and professional manner in the future.(S