Finland closes Murmansk consulate

Murmansk metropolis middle. (Thomas Nilsen / The Impartial Barents Observer)

Three many years of Finnish diplomatic presence in Russia’s largest Arctic metropolis has come to an finish, with the closure of Finland’s Murmansk consulate.

It has not been straightforward days for Finland’s diplomats in Murmansk. Final summer time, a large poster was put up on the fence outdoors the workplace displaying two of the workers, one in all them with a Nazi cap and a gunsight in opposition to his head.

The banner mentioned “Goodbye Russia – Hail NATO!

Like Norway, which shut down its Consulate Basic final summer time, Finland now quickly shut the Murmansk workplace, which operated below the Consulate Basic in St. Petersburg.

The Overseas Ministry in Helsinki says in an announcement that “its actions might be suspended till additional discover” and explains that Finland doesn’t should be in Murmansk “as a consequence of a big lower within the workplace’s core duties.” The consulate workplace opened in 1992.

With the closure, there aren’t any extra overseas diplomatic missions in any of Russia’s Arctic areas. In Arkhangelsk, although, Norway keep a honorary consulate with Russian staff.

Helsinki maintains its Consulate Basic in each St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk and notes that the privately operated visa software middle in Murmansk will proceed to serve purchasers.