Helsingin Sanomat: Finland will close the border to Russians on the night of September 30 The government has agreed to close the border to Russians on Friday night, but the final decision will be made at a meeting on Thursday, the newspaper says. According to her, as part of the entry ban, exceptions will be provided
The Finnish border will be closed to Russians on the night of Thursday to Friday, September 30, according to the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, citing sources.
This information was previously agreed upon, the newspaper writes. The rules will come into force if they are not changed at today's government meeting, which will begin at 13:00 (coincides with Moscow).
According to Helsingin Sanomat, entry restrictions will resemble those that were in effect in Finland during the coronavirus pandemic. Entry will be denied to citizens of Russia, however, an exception will be made for certain categories. According to the newspaper, entry will be allowed to those who intend to visit close relatives, those who enter for the purpose of study, work, within the framework of diplomatic missions, and oppositionists of the current government of Russia will also be allowed to enter.
“In practice, the border will be closed only for tourists»,— the paper explains.
According to her, the circumstances of the entry of each Russian will be considered individually.
On September 21, it became known that Finland is preparing to introduce a complete ban on the entry of Russians. On the same day, President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia.
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Since then, the number of Russians entering Finland has risen sharply, more than doubling on September 21 and 22 compared to the previous days. At the same time, the number of those who entered Russia remained approximately at the same level.
Later, the number of people leaving for Finland from Russia reached a record: from 06:00 on September 25 to 06:00 on September 26, the maximum number of cars crossed the border this year.
“Finland does not want to be a transit country, even for Russians with Schengen visas issued by other countries, and now we want to control this traffic,”— said Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.
Two days later, President Sauli Niinistö confirmed that Helsinki had made a decision in principle to restrict the entry of Russians and the issuance of visas to them, as this causes “serious damage to the international position of Finland.”
Against this background, the Finnish border guards proposed to put up a fence in the southeastern part of the border with Russia, fencing about 10–20% of the 1.3 thousand km long border.
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