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Foreign Minister: Belarus targeted sanctions are an option for EU countries

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says the EU could impose "targeted sanctions" against members of the Belarus government or authorities implicated in crimes against citizens. This week...

Finland urges Lebanon reform after €250 million aid conference

Finland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Green) is urging political reform in Lebanon, as international donors pledged more than €250 million aid after last...

Surprise Iraq visit as Pekka Haavisto heads to Baghdad for talks

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) has made a visit to Iraq which was not announced in advance for security reasons. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says...

Foreign Minister: Hong Kong extradition treaty should not be applied

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says an extradition treaty between Finland and China “should not be applied” any longer because it means that suspects would...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any...

HS: Pekka Haavisto facing two police charges over al-Hol handling

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is facing two police charges over his handling of the al-Hol refugee situation, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The newspaper reports that...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live...

Save the Children: Government should speed up al-Hol repatriations

Save the Children organisation says the government must speed up the evacuation of Finnish children from the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria, due...

Foreign Minister: ‘We trust Finns on repatriated flights to self-isolate’

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says he trusts that Finns on repatriation flights from abroad will self-isolate when they return home, without it having...

Russia’s Sergei Lavrov meets Niinistö, Haavisto for talks in Helsinki

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in Helsinki on Tuesday for his first visit in three years. In the morning he met with President Sauli Niinistö at his...