The Prime Minister announced at a press conference on the evening of November 20 that the government is ready to introduce new restrictions on the border. They are currently being considered and prepared.
“It seems that this phenomenon (flow of migrants – ed.) continues even now,” said the prime minister, who is visiting the border checkpoint in Vartius. – “This is unacceptable for us. If necessary, we will take further action.”
According to Orpo, Finland should take seriously the fact that Russia has been behaving “unpredictably” for a long time.
“One cannot be prepared for everything possible in all aspects if someone else intends to bring unrest and confusion to Finnish society. That’s why you have to be prepared for anything to happen,” added Orpo.
On the other hand, the head of the Border Guard Service, Pasi Kostamovaras, emphasized that the border guards are in control of the situation.
Helsinki announced on Thursday that it will close four of its eight border crossings with Russia starting this weekend due to an increase in the number of illegal immigrants.
Finland announced on Thursday that it will close half of its border crossings with Russia due to the increase in the number of illegal immigrants.
Border crossing points in Valima, Nuijam, Imatra and Nirala are closed at 00:00 on Saturday night.
Applications for international protection can then be submitted at the northern border crossings of Vartius, Salla, Kuusamo and Raja-Josepi, which remain open.
The restrictions will be valid until February 18, 2024.
After the closure of four border points, migrants on the Russian side have been transferred to the Vartius border point.
Orpo has stated that Russia is deliberately trying to destabilize the neighboring country in response to its accession to NATO.