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11.05.2001 - ITAR-TASS Informs:

Summit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the President of Finland

HELSINKI, May 11 /The ITAR-TASS corr. Vadim Lagutin, Andrey Popov/. The visit of Igor Ivanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, was concluded by the meeting with Tarja Halonen, President of Finland. In the course of the meeting they touched upon the issues of the visit of President Putin to Helsinki, scheduled for September.

The parties came to an agreement to prolong the bilateral Agreement on basic relations, signed in 1992 for five years.

As Erkki Tyomija, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, pointed out, "there are no problems between the two countries." He believes that Finnish participation in the European Union will promote relations development between Moscow and Helsinki. The agenda involved a number of significant international issues, the most important one was creation of free and safety Europe.

Igor Ivanov positively estimated the results of the visit. "The negotiations have demonstrated that both parties strive to strengthen friendly and mutually beneficial relations," Igor Ivanov said. Today the Minister has left for Moscow. Last updated: 15 May 2001

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