Russia's participation in G-8 meetings is becoming increasingly important both for the forum in general and for Canada in particular, Canadian ambassador to Russia Rodney Irving said at a Moscow conference on the eve of the G-8 summit. According to the ambassador, over the 10 years of contacts with the forum Russia has passed a long way from being a side observer to becoming an honoured partner in the work to build a stable international system and to attain other common goals. Today the G-8 which includes Russia has an opportunity to come out with decisive actions as regards topical issues which it was earlier hard to solve," Irving said. The Canadian diplomat laid a particular stress on the fact that this year marked the 7th anniversary of Russia's large-scale participation in the so-called G-8 process. According to Ottawa, Russia's contribution to this political process within the forum's framework "has already been highest praised," the ambassador concluded.
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