Finland: MEP hopes southern European states will block Russians from entering the EU

Finland: MEP hopes southern European states will block Russians from entering the EU

Finland’s Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Jussi Halla-aho said on Saturday (September 24) that he hoped decisions by Finland and the Baltic states to restrict entry of Russians into their respective countries will ease the pressure on southern ones EU countries would increase to do the same.

After lengthy discussions, Finland decided at the end of last week to “in a meaningful wayto prevent the entry of Russian citizens into its territory and to further restrict the issuance of tourist visas, citing a “serious damage to Finland’s international position».

The decision was notNot hardPresident Sauli Niinistö said, although Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said legal details would take a few days to be clarified. Ultimately, most traffic coming from Russia is blocked.

On Saturday, Jussi Halla-aho, a former MEP and former leader of the Finnish Nationalist Party, also commented on the decision during a news program aired on YLE media.

The admission of large numbers of Russians to western Europe poses a potential security threat. Jussi Halla-aho said he hoped southern EU member states would follow the lead of the Baltic states and Finland. He added that Russia is currently defending the position that it “will protectalso its citizens outside its borders, including in Ukraine.

However, according to estimates by Finnish border guards, up to 20,000 Russian citizens crossed the Finnish border over the weekend. 8,572 Russians were registered on Saturday, but 4,199 others crossed land borders.

However, according to the opposition, the government came too late by making a decision that was deemed not strict enough. The opposition criticized the government for a lack of initiative and the fact that it could only act under strong political pressure.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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