Russia and the USA worked together to draft the latest resolution of the UN Security Council on Iraq, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Igor Ivanov stated at the press conference after the end of his meeting with US Secretary of State Colin Powell. "We note with satisfaction that the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution", Ivanov stressed. According to him, both sides are making efforts to develop Iraq's dialogue with the UN Secretary-General on the question of implementing the UN resolutions. "We hope that this dialogue will lead to the return of international observers to Iraq", the Russian Minister emphasized. He believes that such a decision will help achieve progress in the fulfilment of the UN resolutions on Iraq which will eventuate in lifting the sanctions from that country.
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