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Moscow is “disappointed” by Washington testing a missile that used to be forbidden under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki on Wednesday.
“Americans tested this missile [variant of Tomahawk] very quickly after the announcement of withdrawal from the treaty,” the Russian president said of the arms test which the Pentagon said took place on August 18.
Putin also talked discussed the recent protests in Moscow related to the disqualification of opposition candidates from local city council elections.
“Russia respects human rights and upholds its citizens’ rights. Events which you are talking about, the protests, are not unique for the world as a whole and for Europe especially,” said the president.
During the press conference the Russian leader also announced that the Finnish portion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project had been completed, and stated that Russia is interested in restoring fully-fledged relations with the European Union.
Finnish President Niinisto on his part noted the good relations between Helsinki and Moscow.
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