The situation on the international stock markets does not directly affect the Russian economy, said Russian deputy prime minister and finance minister Alexei Kudrin.
The Russian economy suffers more from the worsened external debt stands of the countries with transitional economies, he told journalists. So the worsened positions of Turkey, Brazil and Argentine are affecting Russia, though indirectly, Kudrin explained.
Investors have a limited loan volume for countries with transitional economies, he said. Thus, a worsened climate in separate countries decreases stock investments in all countries with transitional economies, the minister explained.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
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