Russians boycott European meeting after Finland denies visas to 6 officials

By Carol Morello, July 2, 2015

VIENNA — A diplomatic row is brewing between Russia and Finland over Helsinki’s refusal to grant entry visas to six Russian officials who are on a sanctions blacklist over the crisis in Ukraine.Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, was among those barred from traveling to Helsinki this weekend for a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He told reporters Thursday that the Kremlin considers it “unacceptable” to pare down its 15-member delegation and will boycott the meeting.Read full article >>