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Finland-Russia border traffic likely to resume as asylum influx stops
Published : 02 Dec 2023, 02:27
Updated : 02 Dec 2023, 02:32
The border traffic between Finland and Russia is expected to resume at the Raja-Jooseppi border crossing point as per the schedule stipulated on December 13 as there was no influx of asylum seeker from Russia on Friday for the second consecutive day.
Finnish Border Guard sources said that the situation at the border remained stable at this moment.
“Situation at Finnish-Russian land border is stable, at least for the moment. No asylum seekers at today (Friday). Phenomena of instrumentalized migration may be paused/stopped. Hopefully we can start opening border traffic in 2 weeks,” Matti Pitkäniitty, Head of International Affairs Unit of Finnish Border Guard wrote in a post in social media platform X late Friday night.
No asylum seeker arrived from Russia on Thursday, on the first day of the closure of entire land border.
The government on November 15 at a meeting decided that measures to ensure border security will be taken following the rapid increase in illegal entry at the eastern border.
Earlier on November 14, the Ministry of the Interior said, the government may decide to restrict cross-border traffic or to close border crossing points at eastern border with Russia against the backdrop of the influx of increasing number of asylum seekers.