The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

15.01.1999 PRESS RELEASE

President Martti Ahtisaari and President Yeltsin had a telephone conversation

The President of the Republic, Martti Ahtisaari and the President of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin, had a telephone conversation on Friday, January 15, 1999, at 9 o'clock Finnish time.

During the call, which was in honour of the New Year, both Presidents concluded that the relations between Finland and Russia were good and expressed their satisfaction at the multitude of contacts at different levels between the two countries. The Presidents also discussed the relations between Russia and the European Union, focusing on the development of the EU's Northern Dimension.

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