Finnish authorities announced queues at the border due to the growth of incoming Russians

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The Finnish Border Guard announced an increase in the number of Russian citizens entering the country, Yle TV channel reported today, September 23.

It is noted that on the night of September 22-23, 10.7 thousand Russians entered Suomi, which is 2 thousand more than the day before.

“From time to time there were queues at the border”, – explained the officer of the border guard district of South-East Finland Pauli Koso.

Expert of the European Center for Combating Hybrid Threats Hanna Smith said TV channel that “an influx is not expected, since it has become more difficult and expensive for Russians to obtain a visa.”

Now Russians with a valid Schengen visa can enter Finland.

Recall that on September 6, the European Commission (EC) approved a proposal to completely stop the visa facilitation agreement with the Russian Federation, which entered into force on September 12.

On September 21, at a press conference in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto said that Finland does not intend to become a transit state for Russian citizens. According to him, in the near future measures will be developed to regulate the entry of Russians into the country.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin On September 21, he signed a decree on a partial mobilization in the country. Minister of Defense of Russia Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the mobilization.

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