Russian and Finnish premiers met Tuesday to discuss efforts to ease traffic jams at their border. They also hailed growing trade between the countries.
Zubkov said he and Vanhanen also discussed ways to improve operations at crossing points on the countries' 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) frontier, where long lines of trucks are regularly backed up.
Vanhanen said the problem was a result of increasing trade, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported. He said the number of trucks crossing the border every year is approaching 1 million.
Zubkov said the volume of bilateral trade has more than tripled since 2000 and is expected to reach about EUR15 billion (US$22 billion) this year, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war