President Sauli Niinistö met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Kultaranta, Naantali, on July 1, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Russia will expel one diplomat who works in the Embassy of Finland in Moscow. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation was notified of the decision on March 30 in Moscow. Russia has announced corresponding measures also against many other countries that have expelled Russian diplomats.

The Finnish diplomat is expelled because [highlight color=#FFFF00 ]Finland decided to expel one Russian diplomat from the Russian embassy in Helsinki [/highlight] on Monday, March 26, following the poisoning of the former Russian and Soviet double agent his daughter in Salisbury.

Russia’s decision is not related to the activities of the Finnish diplomat. The Finnish diplomat must leave Russia within two weeks.


The identity of the diplomat who is to leave Russia is not public information. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will not provide further information about this matter.

Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland