Russian, Finnish premiers to meet in Sochi

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Finnish counterpart Jyrki Katainen will hold talks in the southern Russian resort of Sochi on Tuesday, the Russian government press service reported.

Putin and Katainen, who will be on a working visit to Russia on August 9-10, are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation, interaction between Russia and the European Union, as well as the global economic situation.

Bilateral trade last year totaled $16.75 billion, which is 27.7% more than in 2009.

Katainen, who was earlier Finland’s finance minister, assumed the prime minister’s office in June, and talks with Putin will his first on the new post.

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