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Stubb Defends Father and Consulate in Custody Battle

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb has dismissed Russian criticism over a child custody case. A week ago, a Finnish father brought home his son, Anton, kidnapped earlier by his mother to Russia. The father was helped by an official from the Finnish Consulate in St. Petersburg.

Ulkoministeri Alexander Stubb Pohjois-Esplanadilla Helsingissä.
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Stubb said the boy's Finnish father had the legal right to bring his son, a Finnish citizen, home from Russia to Finland.

The Foreign Minister did not want to evaluate the legal role of the consular official. He added the function of the Foreign ministry is to assist Finns in difficulty abroad.

Stubb thought the incident would not harm bilateral Finnish-Russian relations. He said the problem stemmed from the fact Russia had not signed up to the Hague agreement on child kidnapping.

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