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MOSCOW, April 15 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow praises Helsinki’s position on promoting visa free formalities between Russia and the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
After the talks with Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja on Monday, Lavrov said, “We’ve had regular meetings with my Finnish colleague. Our talks are held in a friendly atmosphere. The agenda of our meeting was very intensive.”
Last year a record was made: the Russian-Finnish border was crossed by over 12 million people. This fact facilitates contacts between people, cultural and humanitarian relations, the Russian minister said.
“We had detailed talks on Russia-EU cooperation and we laud Finland’s constructive position on the strengthening of strategic partnership with the EU, including measures to promote short-term visas for Russian and EU citizens. Our approaches on major European and international problems are close or coincide,” Lavrov said.
Russia and Finland favour the supremacy of law, the strengthening of the U.N. role and the peaceful settlement of all conflicts, he added.