The elements raging in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have not affected the operation of the Moscow Railway, its press-service reported. All international trains travel strictly to schedule, and no changes are foreseen in the timetable. Communication with Germany is maintained by Berlin-Moscow train No. 14 and Warsaw-Moscow train No. 12, which picks up a trailer from Cologne. Trains arrive on time. Passengers from Austria and the Czech Republic are brought by Prague-Moscow train No. 22, with trailers from Bratislava and Vienna. The other international trains, linking Moscow with western, eastern and southern Europe, also arrive on schedule.
According to railway staff, there is no panic or even an exaggerated sense of concern among the passengers. News about the "raging elements" in Europe have had practically no effect on ticket sales.
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