(MENAFN) Russian visits to the European Union must be halted, according to Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who stated that her government is assessing the security implications of Moscow's newly announced partial mobilization.
“The will of the government is very clear. In our opinion, it is necessary to put an end to Russian travel, tourism, as well as transit through Finland,” Marin asserted.
She also noted that Finland should act accordingly with Schengen instructions but also take into consideration the “security risks” associated with certain travelers. “Other countries, for example, the Baltic states and Poland, have used this very security risk and threat as a basis for preventing people from entering, but of course we need an assessment of this from our own authorities,” Marin stated.
The PM’s remarks come after Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto informed reporters on Wednesday that Finland “does not want to be a transit country, not even for [holders of] Schengen visas issued by other nations.”
According to reports, the Finnish Foreign Ministry is working on a strategy to assist curb or perhaps "totally stop" the flow of Russian tourists through the nation.
Finnish authorities have often said that the ability to travel to Finland and the rest of Europe is a "luxury" that Russian nationals do not deserve in light of the current military war between Moscow and Kiev.
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