Putin welcomed the participants of the Russian-Finnish cultural forum

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Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the participants and guests of the XIX Russian-Finnish cultural forum, noting the importance of its place in cultural and public life of both countries, the press service of the Kremlin.

«I cordially greet you on the occasion of the opening of the XIX Russian-Finnish cultural forum. Your forum has an important place in the cultural and social life of both countries provides a good opportunity for informal, constructive dialogue on many issues of good neighbourly relations» — said in greeting.

Putin noted the agenda of the forum, adding that the spotlight on actual problems of development of transborder tourism as well as expansion of exchanges between cultural institutions. In addition, it is necessary to consider the prospects of cooperation between Russian and Finnish scientists in the study of General history, rich spiritual heritage of the two countries.

The President expressed confidence that the forum’s discussions will be interesting, meaningful and fruitful and will serve the further enhancement of bilateral humanitarian relations, strengthening of friendship, mutual understanding and trust between the peoples of Russia and Finland.

«I sincerely wish you a successful cooperation and all the best,» — said Putin.