Report: Finland blocked Russian official’s inclusion on travel ban list

The EU, US and Canada reportedly wanted to include General Gennady Medvedev on a new sanctions list, but Finnish officials apparently objected to it.

Screen shot of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty tweet about the issue / Credit @RFERL Twitter

A report by an American government-funded media outlet says that Finland blocked the inclusion of a senior Russian official on a new sanctions list.

The European Union, Canada and USA this week introduced a new round of sanctions against Russian businesses and officials in connection with Russia’s invasion of Crimea and ongoing interference in Ukraine.

The move comes on the fifth anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and illegal annexation of Crimea; and just days after the European Parliament declared that Russia could “no longer be considered a strategic partner”, and left the door open to adopting more sanctions that “should be proportionate to the threats imposed by Russia”.

The latest round of measures include sanctions against six Russian officials, six defence companies and two energy and construction companies that operate in Crimea.

However, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reports that Russian Admiral Gennady Medvedev, deputy head of the Border Services, was left off the list at the insistence of Finnish diplomats.

The media outlet reports that Finland’s EU Ambassador says they could not comment on their position about the matter.

General Medvedev is said to be a key partner with Finnish officials when it comes to day-to-day relationships over the 1300km border between the two countries.