President of Finland Tarja Halonen considers that cooperation on the border between Russia and Finland needs to be developed more intensively. She declared this view during her visit to old Finnish settlements on the Karelian isthmus. In her speech in Vyborg, Halonen remarked that not only official authorities, but also ordinary citizens and civic organisations should play an active role in this cooperation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov