Secret US-Russia talks on Ukraine held in Finland

Finland: Secret US-Russia talks over Ukraine held on Finnish island in June

HELSINKI (AP) -- The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine in Finland in June.

Ministry spokesman Vesa Hakkinen told the AP that the ministry helped organize the meeting on the island of Boisto off the southern Finnish coast but he declined to give more information.

Earlier this month, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto visited President Vladimir Putin -- the first EU leader to meet the Russian leader since the Ukraine crisis -- and traveled to Ukraine for talks with President Petro Poroshenko.

Niinisto's office said Tuesday that he was not involved in the June U.S.-Russia talks.