Finland expels nine Russian diplomats

Helsinki takes a clear stand against Russia’s war aggression in Ukraine. Here, the central railway station. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

The nine diplomats are working for Russian intelligence, according to a statement from the President of Finland.

“Their actions are contrary to the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations,” according to the statement which was published shortly after Finnish President Sauli Niinisto had his meeting with the Government’s Foreign and Security Ministerial Committee on Tuesday.

The meeting discussed the current security situation in Europe amid Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine and the explosion of the Kahovka dam Tuesday.

Finland’s Foreign Ministry will inform the Russian Ambassador to Helsinki about the names of the nine people to be expelled.

Neither the President’s Office nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have elaborated on which intelligence activities the nine Embassy employees are accused of in Finland.

Relations between Helsinki and Moscow are at a deep low, with diplomatic turmoil escalating. Last week, Russia revoke Finland’s permission to have a Consulate General in Petrozavodsk and a consulate office in Murmansk. Both diplomatic missions had kept the doors closed for a while when the formal decision came.

Not happy with NATO, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “Responsibility for the current situation lies entirely with the Finnish side.”

Finland became a member of the North Atlantic Alliance on April 4 this year.

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Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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