The representatives of Bosnian Serbs expressed their discontent with the withdrawal of Russian peacemakers. The peacemakers have left according to the international agreement on the reorganisation of international peacemaking forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lazar Vulyalic, one of the leaders of the Serbian Renaissance movement said Russian peacemakers were the guarantee of law and order in the area. Over the past four years, not a single serious violation of the law had occurred in the responsibility zone of the Russian contingent.
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