Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a concept of the development of the Russian automobile industry throughout 2010, the department of government information reported to journalists. The concept envisages a complete unification of customs taxes for new and old cars over a seven-year period. These taxes will be applied to new cars, cars 3 to 7 years old and older. The tax rate is 25 percent. After the expiry date the rate is to be decreased.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969