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Finland, Russia linked by supertrain

2010-12-13 06:10:36 GMT2010-12-13 14:10:36 (Beijing Time)

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.

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