Peskov expressed his great disappointment on behalf of the Russian Federation
According to a publication today by the Russian news portal Avia-pro, Finland is preparing to close the crossings along all its borders with Russia. The source of the said news is said to be people related to the Nordic country’s foreign policy and national security issues.
The government of Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo is seriously thinking these days about possibility of closing all border crossings, perhaps even at midnight today, Tuesday, November 21.
The governing council is expected to take a final decision on this matter at its next meeting. So far this council has made no public comments on the matter, however it is said that the border will be closed the day after the meeting.
The decision comes a few days after we informed you that Finland had decided to close four border crossings on its more than 1,300 km long border with Russia. This was specifically done last Thursday and concerned the Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala crossings, i.e. the four most popular crossings on the border of the two countries. In total there are nine border crossings between Finland and Russia.
These unprecedented measures by Finland seem to be a response to the geopolitical turmoil in the region of Eastern and Northern Europe, especially the tensions with Russia, but also increased inflows of asylum seekers from Russia, a phenomenon Helsinki has blamed on Moscow.
The Kremlin was displeased
However, yesterday Monday and according to the Reuters agency, the Kremlin stated that deeply displeased by Finland’s decision to close the border crossings with Russia, as it shows that Helsinki is adopting an increasingly anti-Russian attitude.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in a routine statement, once again denied Finland’s accusations that Moscow is deliberately sending illegal migrants to the border with the Scandinavian country, stressing that Russian border guards are performing their duties according to regulations.
Speaking about the decision to close the four passes, Peskov stated that “this only causes us deep dissatisfaction, because we have long had good relations with Finland, essentially relations based on mutual respect.”
“And of course we regret that these relations were replaced by a clearly Russophobic attitude, which the leaders of this state began to embrace” Peskov closed his statements.