Russia should act as a peacemaker in the relations between Iraq and the US,leader of the Yedinstvo faction Vladimir Pekhtin said in an interview withjournalists in the Russian State Duma. He was quoted as saying one shouldnot "instigate war in the world only to meet the interests of one country.We stand for peace in the entire world". The Yedinstvo faction leaderexpressed hope that reason would claim eventual victory and "the US willnot attack Iraq on September 11". .
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