Finns leave the border – Respublika.lt

Finns leave the border – Respublika.lt
Finns leave the border – Respublika.lt
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Finns are worried about the emptying of settlements near the border with Russia. For many years, the people living in them actively helped the country’s border guards, informs the publication “Yle”.

Finns are worried about the emptying of settlements near the border with Russia. For many years, the people living in them actively helped the country’s border guards, informs the publication “Yle”.

“If the village of Nuijama empties, it will be a message to those on the other side of the border that it is peaceful and easy to get to,” local resident Petris Kuoka complained to journalists.

Finns living on the border used to help border guards track down illegal border crossings, but as more and more people leave these regions, the situation may worsen. Today, as the supply of services stagnates and the population ages, there are fewer and fewer people who want to live on the border.

Heikki Ahtiainen, the deputy commander of the Eastern Finnish Border Guard Service, said that the decrease in the border population does not pose a threat to national security, but he did not hide that the fences and surveillance cameras that have sprung up on the border will not be able to replace their current assistance.

According to the decision of Helsinki, Finland’s border with Russia is closed until April 14. In response to the increased number of illegal immigrants from third countries, Finland started limiting border crossings in 2023. in November. Finnish authorities have repeatedly accused Moscow of using asylum seekers as a tool of pressure. The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, rejected the accusations of causing the EU migrant crisis and herself accused the West of applying double standards towards refugees.

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