Government Communications Department
Press Release 236/2022
On Friday 8 April, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the security situation in Europe.
The meeting agreed that Finland will expel two members of the sent personnel of the Embassy of Russia in Helsinki. In addition, the extension of the visa of one person working in the Russian Embassy has been refused. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will notify the Russian Ambassador of the matter. This is in line with the actions taken by other Member States of the European Union. Expulsion decisions fall under the competence of national authorities, and each Member State acts based on its own analysis of the situation.
The President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy also discussed the government report on changes in the security environment.
Inquiries: Tanja Jääskeläinen, Deputy Director General, tel. +358 295 350 303, Mikko Kivikoski, Deputy Director General (Russia and Ukraine), tel. +358 295 350 773, Salla Sammalkivi, Head of Unit, tel. +358 295 350 020, Lauri Hirvonen, Counsellor, tel. +358 295 350 063 (report on the current security environment), Ministry for Foreign Affairs.