Finland will prepare a “national solution” to limit or prevent Russian tourists from passing through its border, its foreign minister announced on Wednesday.
The Nordic country has already cut the number of visas issued to Russians by a tenth in September in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but is currently the only member of the European Union. .
In this regard, the Finnish government has “decided to prepare a national solution to limit or completely prevent this traffic of Russian tourists,” said Foreign Minister Pekka Havisto.
He added that these measures “could involve new legislation, to be adopted more quickly, or interpretation of existing legislation”.
“Finland does not want to be a transit country for Schengen visas issued by other countries. We intend to control this transit,” the minister said.
Helsinki is calling for a unified European decision, but “it cannot be said for sure that it will happen soon”, Haavisto stressed.
According to a poll published by the Ilda-Sanomat newspaper on Wednesday, around 70% of Finns want to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens.
Traffic on the border is “normal” after Vladimir Putin announced he would mobilize hundreds of thousands of reservists to relaunch the Russian offensive in Ukraine, according to a Finnish border guard.
The department wrote on Twitter that the situation “has not changed significantly”, denying rumors circulating on the internet about kilometers-long queues to enter the country.
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