Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Finland Timo Soini, Moscow, February 12, 2019
We are glad to welcome you to Moscow. We appreciate that you have taken the time out of your busy schedule, considering the upcoming parliamentary elections in Finland, to continue our very useful dialogue.
Our relations have been developing well despite the well-known difficulties in the interaction between Russia and the European Union due to some EU members’ sanctions fervour. Nevertheless, we can see the mutual interest at all levels to promote relations between Russia and Finland: between our presidents, prime ministers, parliamentary leaders and the public in our countries.
There are many issues on which Russia and Finland are interacting in the international arena, especially in the northern region, where a number of organisations, including the Arctic Council currently chaired by Finland, are operating successfully.
We have many subjects to discuss. I hope we will conduct a productive dialogue during these talks, as it has always been.
Once again, welcome.