During his two-day visit to Helsinki this week, the Russian defence minister expressed interest in a stronger military cooperation with the neighboring Finland. According to Shoigu, Finland should consider to acquire Russian-made military equipment as part of its major ongoing modernization process.
“Moscow and Helsinki have all opportunities to give their military cooperation a higher level of dynamics”, the Russian minister says in a press release. “Both the Finnish and Russian armed forces are undergoing wide-reaching modernization and it is important for us to discuss the problems which our countries are facing in the course of this transformation”, Shoigu adds.
According to Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Russia would like Finland to buy Russian-made missile complexes as well as fighter jets.
The talks between Shoigu and his Finnish counterpart Carl Haglund also included discussions on the two countries’ relations in the Arctic, and on the development of Arctic natural resources.
During his visit, Shoigu will also also meet with several other high-ranking Finnish representatives, among them Minister of Foreign Affairs, a Finnish press release reads.
Finland remains a neutral country, and has over the last decades carefully balanced it military policies between the interests of NATO and Russia. However, the country has increasingly engaged in military cooperation with its Nordic neighbors as part of the NORDEFCO arrangement.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.