DPR Representation opened in Helsinki - Finland supports non-recognized states

The chairman of the DPR Representation in Finland, Johan Bäckman, shared his opinion on the great importance of the fact that the DPR Representation had been opened in Finland. 

"Right after Finland celebrated its centenary on December 6th 2017, the Donetsk People's Republic opened its official representative center in the Finnish capital on December 9th, 2017. The event was very widely reported in Donetsk, Russian and Ukrainian media. The DPR representative center has official status in Finland since autumn 2016, when it was registered by the Finnish Patent and Registrations administration. Before that, since Summer 2014, Finnish representative was based on power of attorney from Donetsk authorities. Finnish authorities have nothing against the DPR representative, since Finland has a good tradition in supporting representatives of non-recognized states. Earlier for example East Germany (GDR) and Palestine had functioning representatives in Helsinki despite non-recognition. Finland had good tradition in supporting especially non-recognized GDR. Not surprisingly many of those Finns who once supported GDR, now support the DPR. This in fact means majority of Finnish intellectuals, most of whom are at least positively interested. For Finnish authorities the DPR representative office is very comfortable for enstreghtening Finland's international position and supporting the Minsk peace process.

The DPR representation already has organised tourist trips for Finns to Donbass and will continue in 2018. Also, several books have been published in Finnish and seminars and conferences organised, also with Nordic experts.

The main achievement of the center this far is the fact that most Finns know about the Donetsk People's Republic and accept her existence. Also, journalists write more respectively. 

The DPR representative office was opened in good atmosphere with Finns from various fields of life and profession and various ages. An address by the DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova was read to the audience at the opening. Nikonorova wrote that "opening of the DPR representative center in Finland became an important step towards strenghtening information, cultural and economic ties between DPR and Your State." In answer, over 30 Finnish activists from various spheres undersigned a letter of gratitude for the DPR Foreign Minister Nikonorova and promised to develop Finnish-DPR relations in the fields of culture, education, information, trade, tourism and others. 

Employee of the DPR representative office and president of the Finland-Novorossia Friendship Society Ms Jaana-Marika Kurtti raised a toast for all friends of Russia, Novorossia and the Donetsk People's Republic. 

The Finnish friends of Donbass were really happy to sing Russian songs together in both Finnish and Russian languages. 

During the opening, a video link with Donbass was established with the Finnish director of the information agency "DONi" Janus Putkonen.  

At the evening, free debate continued in good spirits."


DONi News Agency