As Vladimir Yakovlev the Mayor of St. Petersburg, said during his meeting with Hannele Pokka, the Governor of Lapland, the residence of Russian Grandpa Frost and Western Santa Claus will be opened in St. Petersburg by the city's tercentenary. It will be located in the Russian Village, now under construction, near the state Palace of Congresses complex (Konstantin's Palace). The opening of the residence in St. Petersburg is being discussed. Mrs. Pokka said to her cooperation, in whatever the spheres, between St. Petersburg and Lapland seemed very interesting yet the cooperation between Grandpa Frost and Santa Claus, being 'somewhat mystical', deserved special attention. Mr. Yakovlev believes, a project connecting the town of Veliky Ustyg, the Vologda Region, the homeland of Grandpa Frost, and Lapland, the home of Santa Claus, should attract tourists to the equidistant city of St. Petersburg.
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be outvoiced about the crisis in Ukraine. In order to do this, the West needs to provide even greater support for Kyiv