Press releases of Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Foreign Ministry to cut visa application appointments in Russia by half
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is limiting the number of visa application appointments available in Russia each day to half of normal. On 16 August 2022, the Government discussed the restriction of tourism from Russia and adopted a policy on the matter.
Annual Meeting of Heads of Mission will discuss the transformation of global politics and future direction
Heads of Finland’s missions abroad and foreign policy leaders will meet again in Helsinki on 22–24 August. The meeting will take place against the background of Finland’s historic decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
New EU sanctions on Russia now in force
On 21 July 2022, the European Union imposed new sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. The new sanctions include a ban on imports of Russian gold. The new sanctions extend and specify previously imposed sanctions and include new provisions on their implementation.
Finland grants additional EUR 6 million to Ukraine through the World Bank
The international community supports the sustainability and operational capacity of Ukraine’s public sector in the midst of the war through the World Bank’s FREE Ukraine Multi-Donor Trust Fund. Following Russia’s aggression in February 2022, Finland has granted EUR 21 million in additional funding for development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
Suldaan Said Ahmed appointed as Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on Peace Mediation in the Horn of Africa
On 8 July, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto appointed Member of Parliament Suldaan Said Ahmed as his Special Representative on Peace Mediation in the Horn of Africa. In his work as Foreign Minister’s Special Representative, Said Ahmed will focus on supporting peace processes.