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    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Tarja Halonen (ex-President of Finland) at the Plenary Session during 13th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi.

    Finland's Ex-President Hopes for Cooperation With Putin to Make Future Brighter

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    Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen expressed hope Thursday to enhance cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to make the future world more secure and less gloomy.

    KRASNAYA POLYANA (Sochi) (Sputnik) — She added that the conflicts in the modern world continued to be "harsh and violent."

    "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.


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