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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Talks on Karelia

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the government has no intention of discussing the status of the Karelia region, which borders Finland and once belonged to the Nordic country.

Finland makes no claim to Russian territory, but has suggested negotiations be voluntarily opened. Putin ruled this out. "The question for us is closed and decided finally," Putin said after talks with Finnish President Tarja Halonen.

Halonen arrived for talks focusing on relations with the European Union and regional security in the Balkans. They conferred on improving customs facilities on the Finnish-Russian border, which is used extensively by companies importing goods into Russia.