December 3, 1998.
Today at Toompea, Prime Minister Mart Siimann greeted Russia's DeputyPrime Minister Valentina Matviyenko, and emphasized the necessity and importanceof the Estonian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission meeting for the developmentof cultural, educational and economic relations between the two countries.
Both Prime Minister Siimann and Deputy Prime Minister Matviyenko acknowledgedthe good results of the Commission members` work and they were pleasedwith their businesslike and progressive spirit.
Valentina Matviyenko said at today's Toompea meeting that the bilateralagreements prepared for signatures create a legal basis for future cooperationin social, humanitarian, scientific/technical and trade/economic areas."We are interested in the development of harmonious relations, wherebystep-by-step we can solve problems that emerge between our countries,"said Matviyenko.
Valentina Matviyenko assured the Prime Minister that Russia is readyfor long-term cooperation in regional policies, and matters concerned witheconomic and ethnic questions. "Meetings between Estonian and Russian representativescould become annual events, and thereby, develop into a tradition, becausethe groundwork for such cooperation has been already laid. In culturalcooperation, it appears that the Russian Cultural Days in Estonia willbe the first event, possibly in February of next year," she added.
Prime Minister Siimann inquired about Russian government's economicpolicies and Deputy Prime Minister Matviyenko gave Siimann a brief overviewof Russia's economic situation and the government's plans.
Estonia's Prime Minister and Russia's Deputy Prime Minister also hada lengthier private meeting last night.