Finnish Government Shuts Down Sea Border Checkpoints Near Russia

Last week, the Finnish government decided to temporarily shut down sea border checkpoints in the eastern Gulf of Finland to private boats. This move aims to prevent migrants from using this route to enter the EU from Russia.

Additionally, Finland has no plans to reopen ground border checkpoints with Russia, which have been closed since November 30. Currently, the sea checkpoints near the Russian border will remain closed to private boats until April 15.

Finnish Interior Minister Mari Rantanen announced the extension of the ground border closure, citing concerns about migrants on the Russian side who could potentially be used to pressure Finland.

Furthermore, reports suggest that the Finnish Border Guard Service is investigating around two dozen cases related to the illegal entry of individuals into Finland from Russia.