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Finland closes its borders with Russia indefinitely

Finland closes its borders with Russia indefinitely

Finland's borders with Russia remain closed for an indefinite period of time. This means that migrants will still be unable to submit asylum claims at border crossings.

Finland's borders with Russia will remain closed indefinitely. The crossings will remain closed until after April 15, the Finnish government announced on Thursday – and in February, Helsinki initially announced a closure until April 14. This means that migrants will not be able to submit asylum claims at border crossings.

Furthermore, the sea crossings at Habasari Island, Noigama Port and Santio Island will be closed to recreational boats from April 15. With sea traffic closed, Finland also wants to prevent targeted migration from Russia in the spring.

Finland, which borders Russia by more than 1,300 kilometers to the east, gradually closed its borders in November. The Finnish authorities accuse Moscow of deliberately bringing illegal asylum seekers to the crossings in order to cause problems for the European Union and NATO. The Kremlin denied this. (APA)

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