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Traffic intensifies at border with Russia, Finland says in mobilization order – Nationwide

Traffic arriving at Finland’s eastern border with Russia “intensified” overnight and remained elevated until midday hours on Thursday, Finnish border guards said, but the situation was under control.

Finland, the EU’s longest border with Russia at 1,300 km, is closely monitoring the situation in its neighbor after President Vladimir Putin ordered military mobilization for the war in Ukraine, Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen said Wednesday. said to

After a series of Western countries closed both their physical borders and their airspace to Russian planes in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finnish land border crossings became one of the few gateways to Europe for Russians. It remains one of the

“Traffic on the Finnish-Russian border intensified at night,” Matti Pitkaniti, head of international affairs at the Border Patrol, said in a tweet. He told Reuters that border guards were ready at nine checkpoints.

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At Valimaa border crossing, one of nine border crossings with Russia, traffic from Russia was more congested than usual, with three lanes stretching 300 to 400 meters each, border officials said. told Reuters.

A Border Patrol spokesperson said traffic conditions remained elevated at noon (0900 GMT), but another Border Patrol statement said the situation had been “surprisingly” in recent days compared to pre-pandemic times. He said it hasn’t changed.

The statement warned that “inaccurate and misleading” information was circulating on social media.

Putin’s announcement, made in a televised address early Wednesday morning, sparked concerns that some men of fighting age would not be allowed to leave Russia, prompting one-way flights from the country to sell out quickly.


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Finland chose to keep its borders with Russia open after Moscow invaded Ukraine in February, but reduced the number of consulates available to Russian travelers seeking visas.

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Other EU member states that border Russian territory, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, closed their borders late Monday night, saying Russian citizens should not travel while they were at war with Ukraine. began to refuse.

The Baltics will not offer refuge to Russians fleeing Moscow’s military mobilization, ministers said Wednesday.

Finland is working on its own national solution to restrict tourist traffic from Russia, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said during a visit to New York late Wednesday.

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“Finland does not want to be a transit country for (EU) Schengen visas issued by other countries. This is traffic we want to control,” Haavisto told journalists.

According to Pitkaniitty, 4,824 Russians arrived in Finland via the eastern border on Wednesday, up from 3,133 a week ago.

In the far north of Norway, there has been no change in the number of Russians entering the Nordic country, police officials told Reuters. Norway is not a member of her EU.



Traffic intensifies at border with Russia, Finland says in mobilization order – Nationwide

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