Halonen: Putin’s regime is legitimate

Finnish president Tarja Halonen regards Russia’s current regime as legitimate. Speaking about Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and president Dmitry Medvedev, Ms Halonen said it is very important for Russians themselves that these two “legitimate rulers” get along. Putin has a position that not many prime ministers have, in that he has received such a strong parliamentary support through elections, she remarked.

Speaking on a Finnish TV morning show ahead of Putin’s visit to Finland, Ms Halonen called Soviet patriotism a positive phenomenon. Comparing Putin and Medvedev, she said they were two very different people. Putin’s education included some good things that were part of the Soviet era, like patriotism, she said. He has come from tough conditions and has seen a lot of different situations, Ms Halonen stated.


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  1. Halonen: Russia shares notion of democracy
    MTV3, 01.10.2005

    Finnish president Tarja Halonen noted that Finland and Russia shared the same ideological goals: democracy, human rights, rule of law, good governance, and many other principles. “I think president Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia has been much better than what we feared could emerge in Russia in scenarios made 15 years ago,” Ms Halonen said.

  2. Maybe Finland and Russia share the same ideological goals in theory but certainly not in practice. That is if genocide has been accepted as a part of democracy, Russia is a democratic state, which she is not. Russia will never be a human state as long as some leaders of western governments close their eyes from the truth, years after years?

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