The international economic forum in St. Petersburg which ends on Sunday proved that Western businesses want to keep their relations with Russia without breaching the sanctions regime. After a year-long break, many Western companies returned to the economic summit in St. Petersburg.
Foreign investors are also showing their increasing interest in the Russian market.
At the forum, Finland, Italy and Greece were the only EU member countries that have held their own panel discussions.
"One reason is that we are experiencing some problems in our economy. We have to use the possibility for trade and develop economic cooperation with Russia," Aho said as quoted by Yle.
"At the same time we must keep to the EU rules. This means that the sanctions create some obstacles."