Finland closes entire border with Russia: Helsinki’s decision

Accusations against Moscow for pushing numerous migrants towards border crossings. Kremlin: “Russophobic position”

Finland will close the remaining four border crossings with Russia on the night between 21 and 22 November and therefore the entire border between the two countries. The Finnish newspaper Iltalehti writes this, citing its sources, according to which the decision was taken after the Russian authorities allegedly pushed numerous migrants towards the border. In total, Finland has nine border crossings with Russia, five of which have already been closed.

The The Kremlin expressed ”deep regret” for Helsinki’s decision. “This causes nothing but deep regret, because with Finland we have had long-standing and very good relations, pragmatic and based on mutual respect,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a briefing. ”Of course, we regret that these reports have been replaced by an exclusively Russophobic position. Unfortunately, this is the situation,” he added.

At the moment, he continued, between Moscow and Helsinki ”there is no dialogue” and ”it’s not our fault”, so ”it is unlikely that we can influence the situation now”. ”We were not the ones who brought about a reduction in dialogue,” Peskov said.