Finland hits Russia. It foreshadows a radical cut

Finland recently became a transit country. Travelers head to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to fly on. This is seen as bypassing travel restrictions – admitted the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the morning program of the Yle television.

Haavisto emphasized that a common EU solution is needed in the matter of visas for Russians. The countries that issue the largest number of Schengen visas are Greece, Italy and Spain. It is on visas granted in these countries that the Russians travel through Finland to Europe.

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The Finnish government will meet on Tuesday to start a discussion on the possibilities and scale of restrictions on the number of visas issued to Russians, for example, up to one fifth or even one tenth of the current level.

Currently, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants Russians about 1,000 visas a day. In July, Finnish and Russian authorities lifted the coronavirus restrictions related to cross-border traffic. Before the pandemic, it was at the level of 3-6 thousand. daily.

“It is not fair that Russians can travel, come to the Schengen area and admire tourist attractions at the same time as Russia is killing people in Ukraine,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin said after the Nordic heads of government meeting in Oslo on Monday.

He was there against introducing restrictions on visas for Russians the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. According to him, “this is Putin’s war, not of Russian citizens.”

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