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    First Deputy Soviet
    Premier, Anastas Mikoyan, on a seven-day visit to Finland, witnessed the signing
    of a new five-year Finnish-Soviet trade agreement, October 22.

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    First Deputy Soviet
    Premier, Anastas Mikoyan, on a seven-day visit to Finland, witnessed the signing
    of a new five-year Finnish-Soviet trade agreement, October 22. On October 24, he
    watched Soviet Foreign Trade Minister, Patolichev, launch the 15,340 ton
    diesel-powered icebreaker 'Leningrad', built for Russia at a Helsinki shipyard.

    The 'Leningrad' launched at the Wasrtsilas Docks, is one of two ice-breakers on
    order for Russia. It will be ready for delivery by 1962.

    Under the new agreement, there will be an annual increase in trade between two
    countries. Finland's imports from Russia are due to rise by 10 percent between
    1961-1965, total value according to present prices, some GBP240 m. sterling.

    Finland's exports are to be some GBP256 m.

    A press conference after the agreement was signed, showed that Russia's attitude
    towards Finland's proposed entry into the European Free Trade Association,
    remains critical, but not prohibitive.

    Mr. Mikoyan's visit to Finland, and the new trade agreement, are heralded as a
    change in Russia's attitude to Finland since last winter, when, for political
    reasons, the Soviet Union threatened to cut down abruptly on its imports from
    Finland. This would have hit small Finnish farmers dependent on exports to
    Russia, and caused great unemployment among engineering and shipbuilding
    workers.

    Now Russia has promised to take Finland's agricultural products and ships, and
    to pay for imports in free currencies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACIPGUI0WVTWNWYV11CCIO76RA
    Media URN:
    VLVACIPGUI0WVTWNWYV11CCIO76RA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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