Finland's president has told Putin that his country will apply to join NATO.

Finland has a 1,340-kilometer border with Russia, the longest among any EU members . Finland plans to continue to trade with Russia bilaterally on issues posed by the border zone .

(Written By Jari Tanner)In a statement issued by Niinisto's office, the Finnish foreign minister said in a phone interview that Finland's security situation had improved following Moscow's invasion on February 24 and referred to Russia's demands that Finland refrain from joining NATO, the 30-member Western military alliance.The meeting, which was held without exaggeration, was straightforward and unambiguous.Niinisto, Finland's president since 2012 and one of only ten Western leaders to engage with Putin on a regular basis, said that avoiding tensions was important.That's still the case.Finland will improve its own security and fulfill its obligations by joining NATO.

In a White House message on Friday, Putin and the Kremlin made no remarks on the meeting.Finland has a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) border with Russia, the longest among any European Union members, and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin agreed to enter NATO membership immediately to ensure the country's stability in the face of Russia's military maneuvers in Ukraine and Europe.Niinisto and Marin's governing Social Democratic Party members were together in a White House speech