Skip to comments.Finland blocks border crossings to stop migrants it says were sent by Russia
Posted on 11/17/2023 9:11:19 AM PST by 11th_VA
HELSINKI, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Finland will erect barriers at four crossings on its border with Russia from midnight, officials said on Friday, in a bid to stem an increase in migrants that Helsinki says has been orchestrated by Moscow.
Finland has accused Russian authorities of funnelling migrants to the crossings in retaliation for its decision to increase defence cooperation with the United States, an assertion dismissed by the Kremlin.
Barriers will go up at four of the nine crossings with Russia, at Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala in its southeast, the Finnish Border Guard said.
"Our aim is to use barrier devices to prevent entry," the Border Guard's head of international affairs, Matti Pitkaniitty, told reporters. The measures were a response to changes in Russia's border policy, he added.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Finland was making a "big mistake" by choosing a path of confrontation with Russia, state news agency TASS reported.
"(One can) only express deep regret that the Finnish authorities have taken the path of destroying bilateral relations," TASS quoted Peskov as saying.
Some 300 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria, have arrived in Finland this week, according to the Border Guard.
Nearly 100 had entered Finland from Russia by midday on Friday alone, officials said.
Finland shares a 1,340-km (833-mile) border with Russia that also serves as the EU's external border.
Helsinki angered Moscow when it joined the NATO military alliance in April after decades of non-alignment following Russia's invasion of Ukraine...
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Finland has every right in the world to control their border against invasion by Russian-weaponized Muslims.
As a member of NATO, Finland needs to get with the program. They need to accept these migrants to enrich their culture and all it lacks.
The most telling thing is that Russia, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, etc., are never the destinations of people seeking religious liberty, economic prosperity, or anything else.
This is genocide against the immigrants (isn’t it?)
Finland has a great idea—if we pretend all the illegal aliens are those evil Russkies we might actually defend our border!
The empire enforce and fights for borders in Finland, Ukraine, Taiwan, Syria, Somalia
But NOT in Texas and Arizona
Who could fault the Finns for resisting the oogabooganization of their fair country?
The Russian government doing to Finland what globalists do to the USA and the EU.
Looks like an act of war against the Finns.
Who does Finland think it is - Israel ?
They are a member of NATO, and they need to open the border like all loyal NATO countries are required to do.
Because they’re coming from Russia and not other EU states? Poland and Hungary are getting a bunch of crap from the EU for doing the same as Finland.
Neither are we. You might add the new and screwed US to your list.
Must be an act of war by Mexico pushing all those illegals into America.
They are not migrants ,LOL
How many immigrants (legal or not) to the U.S. or Europe in the last 20+ years came here seeking religious liberty or economic prosperity, and how many of them are seeking government handouts?
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