Yesterday, the Finnish government announced that it has decided that the land border crossing points between Finland and Russia will remain closed until 14 April 2024.
The decision extends the closure of the border by two months. The Finnish government calls it a necessary measure, as "instrumentalized migration poses a serious threat to Finland's national security and public order."
"We have seen no signs that Russia is changing its behavior. On the contrary, the information we have received confirms our assessment that Russia is continuing its hybrid operation. We have reason to believe that this situation will continue for some time. There are hundreds if not thousands of migrants who are currently staying close to the border on the Russian side and who are waiting for the chance to cross into Finland," says Minister of the Interior Mari Rantanen.
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