Foreign Ministry's press releases
EU trade ministers to discuss trade relations with United States and China
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will attend the Foreign Affairs Council in its trade configuration in Brussels on Thursday 25 May. The trade ministers will discuss the EU’s trade relations with the United States and China and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The ministers will also discuss the EU’s ongoing bilateral trade negotiations.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs invites climate activist Helena Gualinga as keynote speaker for the World Village Festival
Making a rare appearance in Finland, the Finnish-Ecuadorian climate and environmental activist Helena Gualinga will deliver a keynote speech at the invitation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the World Village Festival in Suvilahti, Helsinki on Saturday 27 May.
Russia terminates bilateral agreement between Finland and Russia on military evaluation visits
On 23 May, Finland was informed by Russia that Russia will terminate the bilateral agreement between Finland and Russia on additional military evaluation visits as of 1 June. Under the agreement, Russia may make one evaluation visit to Finland per calendar year, and reciprocally Finland may make one evaluation visit to Russia’s Leningrad Military District. This bilateral agreement, signed in 2000, complements the Vienna Document adopted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
UN Committee against Torture issues decision on matter concerning return of asylum seeker
On 23 May 2023, the UN Committee against Torture issued a decision on a complaint against Finland concerning the return of an asylum seeker to the Russian Federation. In its decision, the Committee considers that the return of the complainant to the Russian Federation would constitute a violation of article 3 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which states that it is prohibited to expel, return or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.
EU sanctions evasion and circumvention at the heart of the Border States’ meeting in Helsinki
Combatting circumvention of the EU sanctions is a common mission of the EU Member States, especially of those who are at the forefront of sanctions implementation at the border with Russia. In order to facilitate co-operation further, the Border States, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and EFTA member state Norway, met in Helsinki on 15-17 May.