Prime Minister Sanna Marin wants to stop travel and transit through Finland
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin told journalists on Thursday that her government was looking into the security implications of Moscow’s recently announced partial maneuvering.
“The will of the government is very clear. In our opinion, it is necessary to stop travel, travel to Russia as well as transit through Finland.” Marin said.
She added that Finland should act in accordance with the Schengen regulations but also consider the “Security Risk” associated with certain visitors. “Other countries, for example, the Baltic states and Poland, have used this very security threat and risk as a basis to prevent people from entering, but of course we need to assess the situation. this from our administration,” Marin said.
The Prime Minister’s comments came after Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told journalists on Wednesday that Finland “Doesn’t want to be a transit country, not even [holders of] Schengen visas issued by other countries. “
The Finnish Foreign Ministry is said to be working on a solution to help limit the flow of Russian tourists through the country or even “Completely stop it.”
The Finnish authorities have repeatedly stated that the right to freedom of movement within the country and the rest of Europe is not an intrinsic human right but a “Favor” which they believe Russian citizens do not deserve amid the ongoing military conflict between Moscow and Kiev.
Russians cannot continue to vacation in Europe as usual when their country “Wage a war”, Haavisto emphasized.
Finland has introduced a mechanism that allows it to refuse visas to Russians and to ban entry to visa holders. Helsinki has also asked Brussels to allow EU states to deny entry to Russians in order to place them on the Schengen entry ban list and prevent them from entering the bloc through other member states.
Earlier this month, the EU suspended a visa facilitation agreement with Russia. Some member states have also stopped issuing tourist and business visas to Russian citizens while the three Baltic states and Poland have closed their borders to all Russians, including those with a limited market share. valid Schengen real.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres questioned the EU’s visa restrictions on Russians, noting that the move “Probably not a good idea,” as reported by RIA Novosti.