After Putin announced a regional mobilization in Russia that led to hundreds of people fleeing the country, Finland announced it was preparing a “national solution” to restrict or prevent Russian tourists from passing through the territory. This announcement was made by the country’s foreign minister on Wednesday.
The Nordic country has already cut the number of visas issued to Russians by a tenth in September in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but is currently the only member of the European Union. .
In this sense, the Finnish government has “decided to prepare a national solution to limit or completely prevent this traffic of Russian tourists,” said Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.
He added that these measures “could involve new legislation, to be adopted more quickly, or interpretation of existing legislation”.
Finland does not want to be a transit country for Schengen visas issued by other countries. We intend to control this traffic,” said the minister.
Helsinki calls for a unified European outcome, but “it cannot be said for sure that it will happen soon”, Haavisto stressed.
According to a poll published by the Ilda-Sanomat newspaper on Wednesday, around 70% of Finns want to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens.
A Finnish border guard says border traffic is “normal” after Vladimir Putin’s announcement to mobilize hundreds of thousands of reservists to resume the Russian offensive in Ukraine.
The department wrote on Twitter that the situation “has not changed significantly”, denying rumors circulating on the internet about kilometers-long queues to enter the country.
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