Finland has announced that it will close all but one of its border crossings with Russia on Friday due to an influx of asylum seekers. This was reported by The Guardian website. Wednesday’s announcement came after weeks of tension, with Helsinki accusing Moscow of knowingly sending migrants to the Nordic country.
In recent weeks, Finland has seen the arrival of hundreds of migrants across its eastern border with Russia, which is 1,340 kilometers long. Finland already closed half of the border crossings last week. From Friday midnight, Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo said, but only the northernmost one – in Raja-Jooseppi – will be opened out of eight Finnish border crossings.
Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen told Reuters on Wednesday that Finland could eventually close the entire border with Russia. This month alone, more than 600 people came from Russia to Finland without the documents required to enter the European Union, Reuters reported.
Estonia made similar accusations against Russia on Wednesday, saying Moscow was engaging in a “hybrid offensive operation” to bring people to its borders in an attempt to disrupt security and unsettle residents of the Baltic state.