The city of Lappeenranta, which is located in Eastern Finland, suffers from the sanctions imposed on Russia by Western countries, says a Swiss magazine.
in 2013 6500 Russians crossed the Finnish border daily. This number dropped To 5,000 in 2014, and earlier this year the number of Russian tourists.
"It's a disaster, although We observed a slight recovery in recent weeks," says the regional Director of the Finnish chamber of Commerce Mika Peltonen.
the city, which is located near the border with Russia, This fall impact even stronger. The Lappeenranta city hall a few years ago, I purposefully decided to focus on cross-border trade in order to diversify the economy. A main source of income for the local Treasury was the forest industry, however, paper prices in the world began to fall and a part of production was moved to Asia.
"We will always be a neighbour of Russia. Both people will always be there. Needless to say, We are very interested in strengthening our relations, " said the Mayor of the genus Kimmo Jarva.- The potential of our neighbor, the proximity to St. Petersburg and the purchasing power of citizens of Russia are very serious argument in favor of cooperation despite political controversy. We can even say that the Russian Federation Is our future. I insist: strong and stable economy Is good for Finland, and for our city ".
Western countries since March 2014 several times already imposed penalties because Russia's position on Ukraine. The last case of the use of such practices were the limits imposed in March 2015, when expanded sanctions List of the USA.
The list of Russian citizens and organizations that fall under punishment, -