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Russia may well be using Finland as means to drive a wedge within the European Union, estimates Petri Sarvamaa (NCP), a Member of the European Parliament.Petri Sarvamaa (NCP), a Member of the European Parliament, believes the flow of asylum seekers across the eastern border of Finland is being used by the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) as a means to pressure Finland.

“The shared border has for decades been taken care of in a congenial spirit. Russian border officials are currently not only choosing not to stop those crossing the border without a visa, they are part of the plot,” Sarvamaa writes on his blog for Iltalehti.

He also estimates that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be aware of the situation because the FSB has been established under the President and the Border Service under the FSB.

“If something organised is taking place at the border, the President has either approved or issued an order to take such action. In this equation, the asylum seekers arriving at the border-crossing points in Salla and Raja-Jooseppi are primarily a means for the FSB to pressure Finland,” he argues.

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, is reluctant to rush to such conclusions, pointing out that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, shares his concerns about the situation. “What's important is that we're both willing to take action. I don't want to make any guesses on how the issue will be addressed internally in Russia, but what's is important is that a solution is found,” Orpo said in an interview with Uusi Suomi.

Sarvamaa is less diplomatic in his assessment of the situation.

“Russia and the FSB are playing with high stakes. The going may get tough for Finland. A political solution is there to be found, of course. The question we should rather be asking is how much will it cost to make the decision with the FSB, with an undemocratic nation. Finland may well be used as a means to drive a wedge within the EU. Is there a set of circumstances in which Finland should pay that price?” he asks.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Petteri Paalasmaa – Uusi Suomi
Source: Uusi Suomi

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