"Mr. President, Vladimir Putin, I was already worried about you because your picture of the future was so gloomy… But then I saw you have hope for future cooperation. We have to work together in order to make it happen," Halonen said at the Valdai Discussion Club session with the participation of the Russian president.
The diplomatic relations between Helsinki and Moscow were established in 1920. The two countries have a number of joint projects in science and economy. Finland has historically been a neutral nation and has never been a member of NATO, having stable partnership with both the Soviet Union and, subsequently, Russia.