Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin inaugurated a new high-speed railway between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki on Sunday. Jon Decker reports.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Tarja Halonen were among the first passengers on board a new high-speed train linking the Finnish capital of Helsinki with St.Petersburg, Russia.
During the 3 and half hour trip between the two cities, Halonen and Putin talked about ways to improve border cooperation before arriving in St.Petersburg.
The new French-made train, known as "Allegro", can reach speeds of up to 220 km per hour, and will travel to Helsinki and back to St.Petersburg twice a day.
The 280-mile journey is the first high-speed rail link between Europe and Russia.
Jon Decker, Reuters.