President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen met President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on Tuesday, 14 December 2004. The presidents discussed the bilateral relations between Finland and Russia as well as the relations between EU and Russia.
In a joint press conference after the discussions the both presidents stated that the relations between the countries are on a good ground.
President Halonen travelled directly from St Petersburg to Strasbourg, France to the opening of the European Roma and Travellers Forum.
From Strasbourg President Halonen will go to Bosnia and Kosovo on 15-16 December, where she will inspect crisis management and peacekeeping activities and meet Finnish peacekeepers serving in the region. In Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, she will also meet UN Special Representative Soren Jessen-Petersen and KFOR Commander Yves de Kermabon.