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Finland to use Poland's experience to protect border with Russia

Finland to use Poland's experience to protect border with Russia Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Finland is set to leverage Poland's expertise in border protection with Belarus to combat illegal migration, a crisis allegedly provoked by Russia, according to Polskie Radio.

A representative from the Polish Border Service, Anna Michalska, revealed that a Finnish delegation visited Poland to observe the functioning of the Polish border security system with Belarus. Michalska explained that the Finns were interested in Polish practices, regulatory documents, and collaboration with armed forces and other services, as they intend to implement similar measures on their own border.

However, the spokesperson emphasized that such decisions must be adapted to Finnish realities. The speaker also added that Russia is responsible for the crisis on the border with both Finland and Poland.

It is also reported that last week, two Polish border guards began service on the Finnish-Russian border as part of the Frontex operation.

Finland closes border with Russia

Finland has initiated measures to block entry from Russian territory due to an influx of illegal migrants. The Finnish Border Guard has prohibited entry to individuals traveling by bicycle through border checkpoints with Russia.

Earlier, Finnish border guards had to use tear gas when migrants attempted to illegally enter camps from Russia.

Since November 18, four border checkpoints on the Finland-Russia border have been closed, and on November 22, the Finnish government decided to close almost all border crossings.

Recently, the Finnish government also decided to temporarily close all border crossings on the Russian border.