Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman blames Finland, West for border issues

A file photo of Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (Alexander Nemenov/ AFP via Getty Images)

The Kremlin official claimed it is possible that the “collective West” is urging migrants to leave Russia for Finland.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zaharova commented on the situation at the Finnish-Russian border during a press conference on Friday.

“There have been 415 cases [of asylum seekers crossing the border] recorded at the checkpoints in southeastern Finland, after Finland decided to close them in the first place. It is clear that this is not an uncontrolled flow of migrants from Russia,” Zaharova said.

She added that the situation at the Finnish border is a sign of double standards or a lack of standards.

Zaharova further stated that it is possible the “collective” Western nations are encouraging asylum seekers to leave Russia and head to Finland.

She also noted that the migrants come from other countries, such as Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Related stories from around the North :

Finland: Finland to keep Russian border shut, including in Lapland, until mid-Feb, Yle News

Norway: Norway nixes border surveillance helicopter despite Murmansk migrant queues, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia:Eleven Iranians arrested by Finnish border guards after illegal crossing from Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

SwedenEU deploys additional border guards to Finland, Radio Sweden

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