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Putin to visit Finland for Baltic environment protection talks

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will fly on Wednesday to Finland's capital, Helsinki, to take part in the Baltic Sea Action Summit and discuss bilateral cooperation with Finnish, Lithuanian, Danish and Norwegian top officials, the Kremlin has said.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will fly on Wednesday to Finland's capital, Helsinki, to take part in the Baltic Sea Action Summit (BSAS) and discuss bilateral cooperation with Finnish, Lithuanian, Danish and Norwegian top officials, the Kremlin has said.

Baltic Sea environmental issues have been in the focus of Baltic states' attention over Russia's plans to build the Nord Stream pipeline, intended to pump gas from Siberia to Europe under the Baltic Sea, bypassing East European transit countries.

The pipeline will pass through the waters of five countries, all of whom have approved the project, although one permit is still required from Finland.

Russian energy giant Gazprom has already signed long-term contracts to supply gas through Nord Stream to customers in several EU countries including Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.

"In his speech at the summit, [Putin] is expected to put the accent on measures that Russia has already taken to protect the unique ecological system of the Baltic Sea, and on ecological aspects of the Nord Stream construction," a Russian government spokesman said.

During his stay in Helsinki, Putin will meet with Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen. He is also expected to hold bilateral talks with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and his Danish and Norwegian counterparts, Lars Lokke Rasmussen and Jens Stoltenberg.

MOSCOW, February 10 (RIA Novosti)

 

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