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Finland keeps eastern borders shut

  • April 7, 2024
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Finland keeps eastern borders shut

As expected, the government of Finland announced that it will extend the closure of its border with Russia to the east. The closure had been reconsidered every few months but now the decision is open-ended.

“We have not seen anything this spring that would lead us to conclude that the situation has changed meaningfully,” Interior Minister Mari Rantanen (Finns) said in a statement. In addition, spring will provide opportunities to put more pressure on Finland. There are hundreds and possibly thousands of people close to Finland’s border on the Russian side that could be instrumentalised against Finland.”

As the weather gets warmer this time of year, the decision will also cover border crossing points at three small-boat harbours. Haapasaari, an island off the southeastern city of Kotka, Santio, an island in Virolahti, the southernmost municipality, and Nuijamaa lake harbour in Lappeenranta on the Russian border. They will be closed to pleasure boat traffic from the middle of April.

“By closing border crossing points for maritime traffic to leisure boating, the Government is preparing for the possibility that instrumentalised migration could expandgto maritime traffic as spring progresses,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement. “This would be dangerous to people seeking to enter Finland and would burden maritime search and rescue,” the statement went on to say.

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