Finnish diplomat Mikko Kinnunen has been appointed the new Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine, the Finnish Foreign Ministry has reported.
According to the report, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde, who is the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2021, has appointed Ambassador Mikko Kinnunen to serve as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group. Kinnunen will take up his duties on August 1.
Kinnunen currently serves as Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He joined the Foreign Ministry in 1996 and has worked, among other things, as Director of the Unit for Security Policy and as Finland's first Ambassador for Countering Hybrid Threats.
In 2009-2013, Kinnunen served as Finland's Ambassador in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He has also worked in the Embassies in Moscow and Washington, D.C. and at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York.