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Finland might reopen border with Russia on one condition

Finland might reopen border with Russia on one condition Finnish Defense Minister Antti Häkkänen (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Finland may reopen the border with Russia if a law on border restrictions is passed, according to Finnish Defense Minister Antti Häkkänen.

According to him, the adoption of this law may allow passenger transportation at some border crossings in southeastern Finland.

"The migrant law is currently under refinement and is slated for submission to parliament within 1-2 weeks. We aim for swift implementation of the law," Häkkänen said.

Migrant crisis at Finland-Russia border

Last autumn, Finland grappled with a surge in migration as the number of arrivals from Somalia and Iraq sharply increased along its border with Russia. In response, Finland was compelled to shut down its border, and recently, the government extended the ban on the operation of border checkpoints pending further directives.

Journalistic investigations have revealed that behind the migrant influx lies the activity of Russian security forces. According to available data, the same entities involved in provoking similar situations at the borders of Poland and Belarus were implicated in orchestrating this crisis.