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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU to Involve Russia

HELSINKI, Finland -- Finland, which holds the rotating European Union presidency, said it hoped its plan of strengthening economic ties between the EU's northern members and Russia will draw Moscow closer to the West.

"The need to involve Russia in European cooperation is an obvious need all over Europe," said Peter Stenlund, a senior Foreign Ministry official in charge of the project.

The initiative, called Northern Dimension, became an official EU plan at the 15-nation bloc's summit in Cologne, Germany, last month.