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Finland Close Last Border Crossing with Russia for 2 Weeks

Wed 29 Nov 2023 | 02:08 PM
Rana Atef

On Tuesday, Finland announced that it will close its last border crossing with Russia for two weeks amid concerns over national security concerns as the number of migrants from the Middle East surged, claiming that Russia could use them.

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo told reporters: “The government has decided to close all the crossing points on the entire eastern border,” adding that Finland faced an “exceptional” situation. 

“Finland has a profound reason to suspect that the entry (of migrants) is organized by a foreign state. This deals with Russia’s influencing operations and we won’t accept it,” Orpo said.

He added: “We don’t accept any attempt to undermine our national security. Russia has caused this situation and it can also stop it.”

Finland previously closed seven of the eight checkpoints on its 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) border with Russia this month.