According to Minister of Foreign Trade Kai Mykkänen, the trade between Finland and Russia is recovering. Exports are growing and the number of visas granted to Russian tourists has clearly increased from last year. However, the Minister is concerned over Russia’s increasingly strong import substitution policy. When it comes to state-owned companies, Russia is breaching its World Trade Organisation commitments. Mr Mykkänen is to discuss the issue with Russian colleagues and adds that also EU and Russia should discuss it. Minister Mykkänen says that though the Russian economy is growing slightly, no boom is expected, which means that the superpower ideology continues to dominate after next spring’s election in Russia.
Main source: Minister of Foreign Trade Kai Mykkänen