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    HELSINKI, April 13 (RIA Novosti) - On Tuesday Russia's Minister of Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu will discuss the questions of interaction of the rescue services with Finland's Minister of the Interior Kari Rajamaki. Shoigu arrived in Finland on an official visit on Monday night.

    As the information directorate of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry reported, "in the course of the talks it is planned to discuss topical questions of cooperation of the MChS of Russia and the Rescue Service of the Interior Ministry of Finland, and the prospects and directions of their interaction." After the talks with his Finnish counterpart Shoigu plans to visit the regional section of the Rescue Service in the city of Vantaa not far from Helsinki and to familiarize himself with the activity of the voluntary fire-fighting team and the medical helicopter service.

    Continuation of the talks of Sergei Shoigu and Kari Rajamaki is scheduled for Wednesday. The questions of participation of the two countries' services in international rescue operations, and notification about forest fires in the border regions are expected to be touched upon in the course of the talks. The Finnish side also intends to tell Shoigu of the system of investigation into major emergency situations.

    Presentation of awards of the Russian Federation's Emergency Situations Ministry to staffers of the Rescue Service of Finland for the participation in rescue operations on Russia's territory is slated to take place after that. Then Shoigu will hold a joint press conference with Rajamaki in the building of the Interior Ministry of Finland.

    On that same day the Russian Minister will meet with chairman of Finland's parliament Paavo Lipponen. Shoigu will also familiarize himself with the Sea Navigation Control Centre where the Finnish systems of rescue at sea and of doing away with emergency situations involving spills of oil and chemicals will be shown to him.

    Sergei Shoigu will fly back to Moscow on Wednesday night.

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