He also noted that Russian tourists made an important part of Finnish tourism industry.
“Russia is an important trade partner, and despite the fall in the trade turnover, we are taking the measures to restore it,” Soini said after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Relations between Russia and the European Union member states deteriorated in 2014, when Brussels joined Washington in blaming Moscow for fueling the Ukrainian crisis, and imposed several rounds of sanctions on it as a punitive measure. The Russian authorities have refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive.
In August 2014, in response to the Western restrictive measures, Moscow announced a one-year food embargo on products originating in states that imposed sanctions against it. The ban has since been prolonged.