EU deploys additional border guards to Finland

Migrants arrive with bicycles at the international border crossing at Salla, northern Finland, on November 23, 2023. Russia announced tightened security in its northern Murmansk region after Finland said it would close all but one border crossing between the two countries. Helsinki said on November 22, 2023 the move follows a surge in attempted crossings by migrants seeking asylum in the EU country — which Finland says is a destabilisation ploy by Russia. (Jussi Nukari /Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Finland is closing all but its northernmost crossing with Russia, after the arrival of hundreds of asylum seekers on the Finnish-Russian border. EU agency Frontex is now sending 50 border guards and other staff to help out.
  • Defence Ministers from Nordic and Baltic nations discussed the issue, as well as Nato and Ukraine, at a meeting at Karlberg Palace, Stockholm.
  • Estonian Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur says the presence of migrants on the border is ‘fully orchestrated’ by Russia. ”By accident, all these hundreds of migrants are ending up in one border crossing point in Finland, on bicycles, during winter time?”
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