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Kremlin confirms preparations underway for Putin’s visit to Finland

June 06, 2016, 12:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Finnish media earlier reported that Putin might visit Finland in July

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MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Finland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

Commenting on Finnish media reports that Putin may visit Finland in July, Peskov said: "Yes, preparations are being made for this visit. When there is final understanding on dates and timeframe (of the visit), we will make an official statement on this."

According to Peskov, the timetable of Putin’s foreign visits and contacts will remain tight in the near future.

"The schedule has been rather tight lately, over the past few months, and it will remain so in the foreseeable future," Kremlin said.

About contacts with and visits to European countries Peskov said that their intensity stemmed from the vast mutual interests and the need for coordinating action. He added he was referring to bilateral relations and trading and economic ties, "which despite the sanctions remained rather intensive," and to the exchanges of opinion "on regional and global issues."

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