Finland will shut down four border checkpoints on Friday, Prime Minister Petteri Orpo announced at a press conference, APA reports citing TASS.
"Finland shuts down checkpoints on the eastern border," he said. ""They will be closed on the night from Friday to Saturday."
According to the government, it is necessary to "react decisively" to the growing number of third-country citizens coming to the eastern border recently, because this is an organized phenomenon, which poses a serious threat to the public order and national security. It was announced during the press conference that 280 migrants have asked for refuge this fall.
Minister of the Interior Mari Rantanen specified that the checkpoints in question are located in Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala; the decision will remain in effect until February 18, 2024. According to the Finnish Border Guard, checkpoints in Vartius, Salla, Kuusamo and Raja-Jooseppi will remain open.