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Finland will close all but one of its eastern border crossings with Russia, accusing the Kremlin of waging a “hybrid war” with the migrant crisis at the border.
The European coast guard and border guard agency Frontex has announced that it will deploy 50 officers to Finland’s border with Russia.
Helsinki has closed all but one of its border posts with its eastern neighbor and accuses Russia of “hybrid warfare” tactics.
He claims that this country encourages and helps immigrants to approach border crossings and request asylum, something that Moscow denies.
Frontex “plans to deploy 50 border guards and other personnel, as well as equipment such as patrol cars, to reinforce Finland’s border control activities,” the agency said in a statement, adding that the deployment would likely begin “as early as next week.”
Finland, which is facing a surge in illegal entries into its territory across its eastern border, decided on Wednesday to close all but one of its border checkpoints with neighboring Russia.
According to a statement, the Finnish government said it was “clear that foreign authorities and other actors have played a role in facilitating the entry of people into Finland.” They also blamed “international crime.”
“Frontex’s support to Finland goes beyond logistics; it is a demonstration of the European Union’s united stance against hybrid attacks against any of its members,” Frontex CEO Hans Leijtens said in a statement.
Until now, ten Frontex officials were deployed along the 1,300 kilometers of border that Finland shares with Russia.
Russian authorities reacted on Thursday by announcing that they were strengthening security in the Murmansk border region, where the only border crossing with Finland remains open.
Relations between Finland and Russia have deteriorated in recent months, especially since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which led to Finland joining the Western military alliance NATO in April this year.