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  • Russian arrested in Finland on money laundering charges

    A Russian citizen was detained in Finland on a money laundering charges, RBC news agency reports, citing Natalia Vezhlivtseva, the press attaché of the Russian Embassy.

    "The Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in Finland has been duly notified by the Finnish police of the detention of a Russian citizen, whose identity is not disclosed in the interests of the investigation,” she said.

    The press attaché said that the Russian Embassy in Finland remains in touch with the police. She added …

  • Finland conducts police sting operation against suspected Russian-backed money launderer

    On Saturday, Finnish authorities began a large-scale police operation that included a search and seizure of property of a Finnish-registered company believed to be involved in money laundering. Yle news agency reported that over a hundred representatives of law enforcement agencies were involved in the special operation in the Turku archipelago and in the Varsinais Suomi (region of southwest Finland).

    During the operation, police searched ten locations, the homes and offices of the company’s …

  • Finnish president: Finland not ready to join NATO yet because of Russia's position

    At this stage, Finland does not consider the prospect of joining the North Atlantic alliance, President Sauli Niinisto said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. According to him, Moscow "made it clear" that if Finland joins NATO, it will "see it as an enemy."

    "The Russians made it clear that when they look at us across the border, they see Finnish people." If we join NATO, they will see us as enemies. That is their position, "explained Niinisto. He added that joining the …

  • Russia begins construction of Nord Stream- 2 in the Gulf of Finland

    On Wednesday, September 5, Russia started construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in the Finnish waters of the Gulf of Finland reported the press service of Nord Stream 2 AG.

    The Vessel Solitaire is carrying out the work. Pipes are welded together on the board of the vessel, after which the pipeline is lowered to the seabed. Russia plans to conduct the laying of pipes round the clock.

    The pipe layer ship will first lay part of the pipeline in the Finnish exclusive economic zone and …

  • Macron proposes to reset relations with Russia

    During a visit to Finland, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "a full renewal" is needed in relations with Russia. 

    "I believe that we need a complete renewal of our relations with Russia set at the end of the Cold War. Our actions - both on the one hand and on the other - sometimes involve mistakes or misunderstandings that we inherited from the last two decades and that prevent us from making the right conclusions, "said Macron at a news conference with the Finnish President in …

  • Putin invites the president of Finland for a ride on his yacht

    After the official part of talks by both sides, Presidents of Russia and Finland, Vladimir Putin, and Sauli Niinisto continued the conversation in an informal atmosphere: the Russian leader invited his Finnish colleague to take a boat trip on the presidential yacht Chaika, reports Interfax.

    According to the agency, the presidents departed on the yacht from the port of Sochi to the marina in the Imereti Lowlands. Their conversation was in English without the use of an interpreter.

    The official …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador believes Finland will deport Russians who entered the country with passports issued in Crimea

    Two residents with international passports issued by annexed Crimea received Finnish tourist visas and were allowed to enter the country because human error, Radio Liberty reports, citing a statement from the Ukrainian Ambassador to Finland, Andriy Olefirov.

    “It seems to me that these residents were allowed to travel to Finland on a tourist visa because of human error. Up to a million Schengen visas are issued at the consulates in St. Petersburg every year. Of course, there’s no law that …

  • Finland threatens to deport Russian family to Ukraine because of passports issued in Crimea

    Married couple Natalia Kushnarenko and Mikhail Berezhnoy received passports of Russian citizenship in the Crimea but they live in Finland. The Finnish authorities threatened the family with deportation to Ukraine, Yle reports.

    The Finnish government emphasized that citizens are not allowed to receive a visa with Russian passport issued on the peninsula.

    As RIA Novosti reports, the family arrived in Finland in September 2017 on tourist visas that were received at the Consulate General of …

  • Finland joins the diplomatic boycott of FIFA 2018 World Cup

    Finnish authorities decided to join the diplomatic boycott of the World Cup that begins in Russia on June 14. According to the Ambassador of Ukraine in Helsinki, Andrii Olefirov, the first persons of the state will not be present at the matches.

    "The top leadership of Finland will not participate in the championship. It is not my merit but it is a matter of common sense. Everyone goes about their work,” the diplomat wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, June 12. Olefirov also urged Ukrainian citizens …

  • Construction of the first gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia has begun

    Construction of the Finnish-Estonian gas pipeline “The Baltic Connector” began in the Finnish city of Inkoo, Yle reports. The Connector is the first gas pipeline in Finland. It will run along the bottom of the Sea and work to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies.

    The pipeline’s construction is set to be completed in 2020. However, during that time, the Finnish market will be open to competition.

    Construction of the pipeline costs 250 million euro. The European Union will allocate 75% of …