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Finland to close last checkpoint on border with Russia

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Finland to close last checkpoint on border with Russia


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The last checkpoint on the Russian-Finnish border will close on November, 30, RIA Novosti reports. According to Helsinki's decision, it will stop operating until December, 13. The only railway point for freight traffic will be opened.

The Finnish Ministry of Internal Affairs explained that applications regarding requests for international protection can only be submitted at airports and seaports.

On the night of November, 18, four out of eight checkpoints operating on the border with Russia were closed for the next three months. Helsinki explained the decision by the migration issue. Later, another checkpoint stopped working due to too much load.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the closure of checkpoints contradicts the rights and interests of tens of thousands of citizens of Finland and Russia. The decision was made in haste, without consultation with the Russian side, the department added.

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