Finland has extended the closure of its border with Russia until further notice

Finland has extended the closure of its border with Russia until further notice

Finland has extended the closure of its border with Russia indefinitely, until further notice. This is reported by Yle.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland explained the solution to the fact that Russia continues to send illegal migrants to the border.

Previously, the border closure was extended once every two months. The last deadline expired in mid-April.

In February, Finland held a presidential election. The winner was Alexander Stubb. Soon after his election, he declared that Helsinki would not have political relations with Moscow until the end of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Land border crossings on the border of Russia and Finland began to be closed by the decision of the Finnish authorities in November last year due to the influx of citizens of third countries, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, who arrived at the border points from the territory of Russia and asked for political asylum in Finland. According to the law, such applicants cannot be sent back, they must be accommodated in Finland until the procedure for considering their application is completed.

Human rights activists and a number of Finnish residents, especially those who have relatives in Russia, criticized the authorities’ decision, claiming that it violates their rights. The Ministry of Internal Affairs called the border closure a temporary and necessary measure.

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