Asylum seekers should not have the right to choose whether to settle in Finland or Russia, states President Sauli Niinistö.
“It has been impossible not to notice the new phenomenon on the border with Russia. The reciprocity between the countries has previously worked in a way that people have no business crossing the border without a visa,” he said while meeting with the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday.
“Both Finland and Russia are safe countries for asylum seekers, and asylum seekers should not have the right to make such a choice,” he stressed.
The Office of the President has communicated that the refugee crisis, the economic situation and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine were among the items on the agenda of the meeting between Niinistö and Medvedev.
“It is good that the lines of communication between Finland and Russia are open. Everyone of us is surely hoping that a mutually satisfactory solution can be reached,” commented Niinistö.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Dmitry Astakhov – Lehtikuva / AFP
Source: Uusi Suomi