Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Karelia Believes that Cross-Border regions of Russia and Finland Might Be Integrated Economic Territory
PETROZAVODSK, April 2. /The ITAR-TASS corr. Valery Potashov/. Russia has to consider the cross-border regions interests while developing its foreign relations strategy. Valery Shlyamin, the Minister of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Karelia, stated this fact at the press-conference held today.
In particular, the Minister considers that the Karelian and Finnish contiguous regions should be viewed as integrated economic territory, where it is possible to carry out the joint projects in transportation,
power supply, environment protection, and forestry. The complex international project "Euroregion "Karelia" is focused to achieve these goals. The project is being accomplished by Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
As Valery Shlyamin put it, the cooperation might be beneficial for both parties - for less economically developed western republican districts and for eastern part of Finland, where the level of life is 20% less than in average in Finland.
As the Minister informed, he managed to enlist support of the Finnish Government to carry out the "Euroregion "Karelia" project.
Last updated: 3 April 2001