According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, Russia "will support any action the anti-terrorist coalition may take against international terrorism." Asked by RIA Novosti on Tuesday to evaluate the United States' anti-terrorist operation, Ivanov stressed that "evil must be punished." "I am absolutely convinced that people who masterminded and carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks on the USA were behind hundreds of other terrorist attacks, including some that were aimed at Russia," said the defense minister. "They must take their well-deserved punishment now."
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