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Russian Duma condemns Finland's OSCE visa decision: "Equal political dialogue is impossible"

The Russian Duma issued a statement Friday condemning Finland's decision to deny an entry visa to lower house Speaker Sergei Naryshkin and five other Russian citizens to participate in a session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Helsinki scheduled for July 5-9. Naryshkin was refused an entry visa on the grounds that he is subject to an EU travel ban under the current sanctions regime.

Daily newspapers.

Friday's papers: Travel ban spat, North Korean defection, PM's popularity and dubious dental services

Friday’s dailies continue to chew on diplomatic differences between Moscow and Helsinki over the latter’s decision to uphold an EU travel ban on high-ranking Kremlin officials. The papers also report on the alleged defection to Finland by a North Korean scientist, open up public opinion on new premier Juha Sipilä, and highlight a questionable dental operation shut down by public health officials.

Sergei Naryškin.

Thursday's papers: Croatian investor mystery deepens, Russia politicians' fury at Finland, and fewest births since 1800s

The questions over the identity of a mystery Croation potential investor in a Finnish nuclear power station dominate many of the papers' front pages - with reporters finding the Zagreb company is registered to a residential block of flats. Elsewhere, the language hots up between Finnish and Russian politicians over a row surrounding the refusal of a visa for the Duma's deputy speaker. And new research shows that fewer Finnish babies will be born this year than any time since the 1800s.

Erkki Liikanen

Amid Grexit concerns, Finnish finance leaders offer assurances of ECB support and collateral

After news of the Greek referendum broke, several pundits in Finland were quick to predict that Finland can wave goodbye to the seven billion euros in loans it has extended to the crippled economy of Greece in the last decade. Erkki Liikanen, Bank of Finland governor and member of the governing council of the European Central Bank since 2004, attempted to calm the waters on Tuesday, saying the ECB has all the necessary tools to address the situation should Sunday’s vote produce a negative result.

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