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Finnish, Russian defence administrations set up hotline

AP  |  Helsinki 

The Finnish defence ministry says a direct telephone line has opened between the defence administrations of and neighbouring to improve mutual information exchange concerning accidents and other emergency situations in the region.

The ministry said Thursday the English-language hotline between Helsinki and Moscow was opened November 1, and will operate 24 hours a day.

Emergency communications between the countries, which share a 1,340-kilometre land border, has taken place until now via embassies and other intermediaries.

The ministry said the decision to create a hotline was an initiative of during a meeting of defence officials from both countries in Moscow in May.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 19:22 IST