The Finnish government needs to reconsider plans to build a railway line in the direction of Russia, says Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Ville Skinnari. He justified his initiative by the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
We are talking about the project Itarata (“Eastern Railway”), which provides for the construction of a high-speed railway line from Helsinki to the Russian border. The project was agreed in 2021, it was estimated at about €79 million.
“It is clear that the Itarata project and the activities of its project company should be suspended,” said Mr. Skinnari in an interview with the TV channel YLE.
According to a poll by the channel, 58% of Finnish residents are in favor of stopping the issuance of visas to Russians. The suspension of the Schengen visa for travelers from the Russian Federation is also supported by the country’s leading parties. The Finnish Foreign Ministry admitted that it could take such restrictive measures.
Details can be found in the Kommersant FM article “There is no place for transit tourists here.”