The relations between Russia and Iraq are developing within the frameworkof international law. Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov voiced thisopinion at a news conference in St. Petersburg. According to him, anysovereign state is entitled to cooperate with any other state within theframework of international law in mutual interests, including economicinterests, and Russia has the right to trade and make partnershipagreements and contracts. "If someone thinks that there is some bad willhere, and international law or regulations of the International AtomicEnergy Agency are somehow violated, our country is ready to review thesefacts, if there are any," Mironov declared. According to him, "all ourcontracts are transparent.".
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