Underway are arrangements for a meeting of experts on terrorism of the G-8 countries, with the proposal having been offered by Russia. The experts will gather to work out specific anti-terrorist measures, according to a Russian foreign ministry spokesman. He said the problem dominated a Washington meeting of the finance ministers of the Group of Eight. Considering it crucial to seal off the channels of financing international terrorism, Russia put forward a range of related proposals and ideas, said a foreign ministry spokesman. Russia has been playing a leading role in stepping up the G-8 effort to create a global system that would deal with emerging threats and challenges, primarily international terror.
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