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Finland breaches obligations denying entry to Russian parliamentary speaker — FM

July 01, 2015, 14:59 UTC+3

Finland’s Foreign Ministry spokesman told TASS earlier in the day that the country had denied entry to Russian State Duma speaker to attend the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

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MOSCOW, July 1. /TASS/. Moscow believes that Finland is breaching its international obligations denying Russian parliamentary lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin entry into the country to participate in July’s session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA), a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS on Wednesday.

"This is a gross violation of Finland’s obligations under international law," the source said, adding that: "The country should ensure that an individual has the right to enter Finland to participate in international events even if the individual is on sanctions lists."

Finland’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Vesa Hakkinen told TASS earlier in the day that the country had denied entry to Naryshkin to attend the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, scheduled to take place on July 5-9.

Hakkinen explained that such a decision had been made because Naryshkin was included on the European Union’s sanctions list.

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