Finland closes one of its largest Consulates General in Russia
Finland has closed its Consulate General in St. Petersburg, as the Russian Federation revoked the corresponding license. The consulate was one of the largest in the Finnish diplomatic network
The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported the information.
It noted that the license of the Consulate General was revoked on October 1, 2023. The building in which it was located remains Finland's property.
Since September 1, the Finnish Embassy in Moscow has taken over all consular and entry-related matters, while Finns have been advised to refrain from any travel to Russia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded that in May of this year, Finland had also closed its consulates in Russia's Petrozavodsk and Murmansk.
- On July 6, Russia closed the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg and expelled 9 diplomats. Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs cited its decision as a response to Finnish policies, which included allegations of discrimination against Russians in visa issuance and hindrances to the activities of Russian representative offices.