Finland will not resume the work of the checkpoint on the border with Russia in the near future. Prime Minister Petteri Orpo announced this on the Yle TV channel.
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He emphasized that the situation on the eastern border remains very serious and alarming.
“According to our information, there are people behind the eastern border whose goal is to enter Finland illegally.” “, the prime minister noted, clarifying that we are talking about thousands of people.
“It is clear that (in this situation) we cannot cancel the border closure,” said the head of the Finnish government. Orpo added that the authorities need to prepare ways to prevent illegal border crossings.
Finland temporarily closed nine checkpoints on the border with Russia on November 28. Then Helsinki connected this with the influx of refugees from Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria, for which it blamed the Russian authorities.