The passage of vehicles in Finland from its southeast border with Russia remains dense today, the Border Patrol told Reuters, adding that the number of Russians who entered the country yesterday, Thursday, were more than double from that of the previous Thursday.
Finland is considering barring most Russians from entering its territory as traffic from its eastern neighbor surged yesterday Thursday after Ms.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiation of partial conscription.
“This morning there is still a lot of traffic (…) maybe it has increased a little bit since yesterday” Thursday, a spokesman for the border guard said this morning.
About 7,000 people entered from Russia yesterday, about 6,000 of them Russians, a 107 percent increase from the same day a week ago, according to the border guard.
Three people applied for asylum yesterday. None had applied for asylum last week, he added.
Finnish border crossings remain among the few entry points into Europe for Russians after a number of countries closed both their physical borders and airspace in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
THE tail forming today was the largest at the busy Vaalimaa border crossing, reaching about 500 meters and was higher than those on the same day in previous weeks, the spokesman noted. Queues were also “longer than normal” at the second largest border crossing, that of Nuiyamaa, according to the Finnish border guard.
Source: News Beast