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Russia: Putin meets Finnish President Niinisto to discuss fall in trade

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (Finish): "Thank you." Russian President Putin met with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at Novo-Ogarevo, Moscow, on Tuesday to discuss economic ties between the two countries. Ahead of the meeting, Putin made it clear that the downturn in trade turnover with Finland will be one of the key discussion points. After warmly welcoming Niinisto, Putin said that the Finnish president's visit was "well-timed" and that he hoped to resolve the issues between both countries that have led to a dip in economic relations. International problems, like Russia-EU ties, would also likely be discussed, Putin concluded.