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Russian, Finnish interior ministers discuss cooperation

November 07, 2016, 20:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian Interior Ministry says the ministers discussed current issues of trans-border cooperation, combating organized crime, illegal migration, drug trafficking

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MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Basic guidelines for cooperation between Russia’s and Finland’s interior ministries were in focus of talks between Ministers Vladimir Kolokoltsev of Russia and Paula Risikko of Finland on Monday.

"We discussed a wide range of issues and outlines basic areas for cooperation in the short-term perspective. I am confident that cooperation between the Russian and Finnish interior ministries will be filled with new practical content in the interests of security of our citizens," Kolokoltsev said during the meeting.

Apart from that, according to the Russian interior ministry’s press center, the ministers discussed current issues of trans-border cooperation, combating organized crime, illegal migration, drug trafficking and cooperation within the group of personal representatives of heads of governments of member countries of the Council of Baltic Sea states. Kolokoltsev noted positive dynamics in cooperation with the Finnish interior ministry. "Dialogue is expanding not only at the level of our countries’ leaders but also at the level of interior ministers," he stressed.

The Russian interior minister informed his Finnish counterpart of structural changes in the Russian interior ministry. "New departments on issues of migration and control over drugs have been set up to eliminate duplicate functions and administrative barriers in investigating violations of migration laws and to boost the efficiency of anti-drug efforts," the press center said.

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