Russian President is due to visit Finland on Thursday to hold talks with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.

The negotiations are due to focus on Russian-Finnish cooperation in trade, culture and in humanitarian and environmental fields. The heads of state will discuss topical regional and global issues, the Kremlin press service said.

Putin will visit Finland at Niinisto’s request to attend celebrations marking the centenary of Finland’s independence in the town of Savonlinna. It will also host an international opera festival featuring Bolshoi singers.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told ahead of Putin’s visit that his dialogue with the Russian president is direct and clear, and there are not any topics they could not discuss.

“This time bilateral relations will certainly shift to center-stage, we have seen slight upsurge for the better in the economies of both Russia and Finland,” the president said.

“This means more activity in the economic sector. I will also be curious to learn from President Putin his view on global developments, as a host of events that take place these days,” Niinisto said.

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