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Poland to send troops to Finland to help protect border with Russia

Poland to send troops to Finland to help protect border with Russia Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Poland is deploying its military to Finland to assist in securing the border with Russia, announced Jacek Siewiera, the head of the Polish National Security Bureau.

"There is an official request for allied support in the face of a hybrid attack on the Finnish border. Poland intends to respond positively to the request of our NATO ally and EU partner. A team of military advisors will provide on-site knowledge on border security, including operational planning," stated Siewiera.

According to him, the agreement to send Polish military advisors to Finland was reached during a meeting between Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

The head of the National Security Bureau also emphasized that the Finnish authorities will soon send an official request to Poland, specifying the exact assistance they need. After this, the precise number of Polish army representatives assisting Finland in guarding the border with Russia will become clear.

Closure of the Finnish-Russian border

Finland has started blocking entry from Russian territory due to an influx of illegal migrants. The Finnish Border Guard has prohibited the entry of people 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. Currently, only one border checkpoint is operational, located in Lapland.

Yesterday, it was announced that Finland has decided to close all border crossings on the border with Russia. The decision to close the eastern border will take effect on Thursday at 00:00 and will be in effect until December 13.