Sipilä To Meet Russian PM, French President

St. Petersburge, #Russia trips for Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä

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File photo; Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev (L) meets Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä/ Credit: Office of the Prime Minister of Finland.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will hold talks with the Russian Prime Minister and then, with the President of France, his office announced today.

The PM will first travel to St. Petersburg next Thursday to hold talks with Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev. The pair are likely to discuss economic relations between the two countries, as well as Russia’s often complicated relationship with the EU.

In addition, both prime ministers will be talking at the opening of the Finnish-Russian Cultural Forum in St Petersburg. The theme of the opening at the Cultural Forum is ‘The hundred faces of culture’, and it is the most significant event in Russia relating to the celebration of Finland’s 100 years of independence.

Prime Minister Sipilä’s programme also includes a visit to ‘Finland House’.

Then, on Friday, PM Sipilä will go to Paris to meet Emmanuel Macros, officially, for the first time. The two men had previously spoken at European Council sessions, and on the telephone. Next week they are likely to discuss the development of the EU’s, the eurozone, and migration.