Finnish Prime Minister Peteri Orpo said on Monday that Finland may impose additional restrictions on its border with Russia if the situation worsens.
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“For some time now, the Russian authorities have been letting people go without proper documents. We have indications that this activity is organized,” said Orpo.
He emphasized that the government is ready to accept additional restrictions if the situation worsens. Orpo assured that it has not been possible to solve the problem through diplomatic channels with Russia.
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.
A video is circulating on the chat platform “X”, in which kgroove propagandist mocks Finland’s decision to ban Russian citizens from entering the country by car or bicycle. “You leave us no choice,” he emphasizes, pointing to a cartoon of a tank at the border.