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Tuomioja: list of officials sent to Russia

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja says Finland has provided Russia with a list of Finnish officials who can be contacted by their Russian counterparts, for example, in child care cases.

Erkki Tuomioja vieraili Ylen aamu-tv:ssä lauantaina. Image: Yle

He said no joint Finnish-Russian commission would be set up. “That is a misunderstanding,” the Foreign Minister told Yle’s Breakfast TV programme on Saturday.

Tuomioja added that Russia’s annoyance along with the uproar over child custody cases was due mainly to the fact the situation was new and procedures were being worked out. Some 50,000 Russians live in Finland and there are a growing number of mixed marriages.

“Everything dealing with children is particularly sensitive,” Tuomioja remarked in the interview.

He added it was wrong to politicize the issue which, in his opinion, had been aggravated in the Russian media.

The Foreign Minister said Minister for Health and Social Services Maria Guzenina-Richardson would meet with Russian journalists next week.