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On Monday, the Kremlin expressed disappointment over Finland’s recent decision to close four major border crossings with Russia, criticizing the move as a reflection of Helsinki’s “anti-Russian stance.”
The decision, effective Saturday, aims to curb the influx of asylum seekers, which Finland alleges is orchestrated by Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, during a regular news briefing, refuted these allegations, insisting that Russian border guards are operating in compliance with established regulations.
Peskov lamented the deterioration of the historically positive and pragmatic relationship between Finland and Russia, attributing the change to Finland’s adoption of a “Russophobic attitude.” The Russian foreign ministry also criticized the move, arguing that it was quickly implemented without consulting Russia and infringed upon the rights and interests of many people in both countries.
This comes as Helsinki has accused Russia of channeling migrants to the border areas as a retaliatory measure for Finland’s enhanced defense cooperation with the United States.