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Clinton to visit Russia, Finland, Latvia next week

June 20, 2012, 23:27 UTC+3
The European mini-tour will take place in the period of June 27 through to June 30
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WASHINGTON, June 20 (Itar-Tass) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to visit Russia, Finland and Latvia next week, the Department of State senior spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland told a news briefing Wednesday.

The European mini-tour will take place in the period of June 27 through to June 30, she said.

In the first leg of the trip, Secretary Clinton will visit Helsinki where she will hold talks with high-rank Finnish officials, giving focus to the economic situation in Europe, the crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear program, the events in Afghanistan, and some other problems.

June 28, she will make a brief visit to Riga for meetings with the Latvia’s political leaders.

On the same day, Clinton is due to arrive in St Petersburg where she will attend ‘Women and the Economy’ international forum. The itinerary of her visit to Russia includes talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and activists of Russian civic society, Nuland said.

Russia is organizing the conference in line with the agenda for its term of rotating presidency in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation /APEC/ forum.

 

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