“The purpose is to significantly reduce the number of people coming to Finland” – President Niinistö comments to EPN on the restrictions on the entry of Russian citizens

The purpose is to significantly reduce the number of people

President Niinistö commented on the restrictions on the entry of Russian citizens and the granting of visas in an interview he gave to in Washington.

18:46•Updated 19:07

President Sauli Niinistö commented on the restrictions on the entry of Russian citizens and the granting of visas in an interview he gave to at the Finnish Embassy in Washington.

– The effort and purpose is to significantly reduce the number of people coming to Finland from Russia, says Niinistö.

In the Foreign and Security Policy Ministerial Committee of the President of the Republic and the Government (TP-UTVA) aligned (you switch to another service) earlier today that Finland intends to limit the entry of Russians and the issuing of visas.

– As far as I understand, this significantly reduces means that all those who do not have a special reason, such as a family reason, would be rejected, Niinistö says.

The president says that the decision at TP-UTVA was not difficult.

– The question of whether our overall safety was the basis for the decision was discussed, says Niinistö.

According to Niinistö, the government will specify the details of the decision in more detail. Niinistö believes that the government will act quickly on the issue.

The government is due to issue a decision in principle on the matter in the near future.

TP-UTVA justifies the restrictions by the serious damage to Finland’s international position.

– Here, a situation was forming where Finland was becoming the only land route to allow the possibility for Russians to travel to countries where they had been prevented from coming, Niinistö says.

Niinistö emphasizes that, for example, the restrictions imposed on Russians in the Baltic countries have been strict, but relatively the same number of people have passed through them.

– There are family reasons and other acceptable reasons, Niinistö says.

However, Niinistö reminds that Russia regards all its citizens, including dual citizens, as “subjects of obedience”.

– Of course, this also needs to be taken into account.

Niinistö said he could not answer whether Russians living in Finland could be sent to the front.

Regarding the question of the unity of EU countries, Niinisto says that a clear open question is how some EU countries still openly grant tourist visas.

– Of course, it is fundamentally a different position. It is very good that Finland is now raising the issue in the EU. Then we will hear whether we agree that tourists will no longer move to the territory of the European Union.

A decision on limiting the entry of Russians is expected from the government

Foreign minister Pekka Haaviston (green) is expected to provide more information on the matter today at a press conference around 6:45 p.m.

According to ‘s previous information, the planned entry restrictions would not apply to visiting relatives.

The government has long wanted to limit Russian tourism in Finland, but it has been difficult to find valid reasons for this. Finland has also tried to ensure that restrictions are applied uniformly throughout the Schengen area.

The news is updated.

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