The European Frontex agency announces the deployment of 50 officials on the border with Russia

The European Frontex agency announces the deployment of 50 officials on the border with Russia

Russian-Finnish relations have particularly deteriorated since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which led to Finland joining the Western military alliance NATO in April.

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A checkpoint at the Raja-Giuseppe international border crossing on November 23, 2023, in Inari, northern Finland.  (Emi Korhonen/Letikova/AFP)

Frontex, the European border and coast guard agency, announced the upcoming deployment of 50 officials on the Finnish border with Russia, in a press release published on Thursday 23 November. The process should start “As of next week”. This statement comes at a time when Helsinki accuses Moscow of orchestrating the migration crisis.

Finland, which is facing an increase in illegal entry into its territory through its eastern border, decided on Wednesday to close all of its border crossings except one with its Russian neighbour. The Finnish government claimed so “It is clear that foreign authorities and other actors played a role in facilitating the entry of people into Finland.”, According to a press release Which he also condemns “international crime”.

Frontex supports Finland

“Frontex’s support to Finland goes beyond logistics, it is evidence of the EU’s united stance against hybrid attacks against one of its members.”, For his part, the Executive Director of Frontex announced, Hans Leitens. So far, 10 Frontex officials have been deployed across the 1,300-kilometre border that Finland shares with Russia.

Russian authorities responded on Thursday by announcing increased security in the Murmansk border region, where the only border crossing still open with Finland is located. Russian-Finnish relations have particularly deteriorated since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which led to Finland joining the Western military alliance NATO in April.

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