The chairmans of the Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation met in St. Petersburg at the end of last week in connection with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Finnish chairman, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, says that during the meeting with Russian vice prime minister Dmitri Kozak solutions were sought to concrete problems facing Finnish businesses. According to Mr Mykkänen, the recovery of the Russian economy seems to be even stronger than expected and foreign investors were more eager to participate in the economic forum. He estimates that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who spoke at the forum, has adopted a more humble tone and put more emphasis on the economy.
Journalist: Anneli Hertsi
Main source: Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen