Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny arrived in Helsinki today (14 October) for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1944 armistice between Finland and the Soviet Union.
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SV Members of Finsih cabinet waiting
LV Podgorny down steps and greeted by President Kekkonon
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SV PAN Podgorny and others walk across tarmac to greet Finns.
SV Children present Podgorny with flowers
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SV PAN Podgorny and Kekkonen review guard
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Background: Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny arrived in Helsinki today (14 October) for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1944 armistice between Finland and the Soviet Union.
He was met by Finland's President Urho Kekkonen and members of the Finnish cabinet. Later, the Soviet leader got down to talks with the President, believed to have focused on European security and matters of mutual interest to their two countries.
During his four-day visit, President Podgorny will sign co-operation agreements with the Finnish government in the fields of energy, science and technology.
Shortly after his arrival in the Finnish capital, Mr. Podgorny attended a special session of the Finnish-Soviet Society, formed 30 years ago when hostilities between Finland and the Soviet Union ended.
The 1944 armistice ended five years of intermittent war between the two nations, and imposed heavy penalties on the Finns, who were forced to cede large tracts of territory to their giant neighbours.