Mikko Kivikoski appointed Deputy Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Mikko Kivikoski appointed Deputy Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The Government appointed Mikko Kivikoski to serve as Deputy Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a fixed term from 17 May 2021 to 31 August 2025.

Mikko Kivikoski. Photo: Petri Krook.

Kivikoski is currently working on a special assignment in the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2017–2020, he was Finnish Ambassador in Nur-Sultan and, in 2014–2017, Deputy Head of Mission in St Petersburg.  In 2009–2012, he worked in the Unit for Russia, where his responsibilities included, for example, the bilateral relations between Finland and Russia, and Russia’s foreign and security policy. In the Diplomatic Service, he has held positions in the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, Finland’s Permanent Mission to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, and Finland’s Embassies in Riga and Moscow.

Kivikoski joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2001. He holds the degree of Licentiate of Social Sciences.

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