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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) held a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, in St. Petersburg on 29 January.Teija Tiilikainen, the director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, has estimated in an interview with MTV that the flow of migrants across the eastern border of Finland may be a way for Russia to express its disapproval with the economic sanctions levelled against it.

Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia, dismissed on Friday claims that Russia has orchestrated the movement of asylum seekers to Finland due to political motives, according to STT.

Tiilikainen is unconvinced by the assurances made by Medvedev. Russia, she reminds, has resorted to a variety of means to create uncertainty in its adjoining territories in recent years.

“It's difficult to imagine that such activities could be organised on the border without the involvement of the central administration in a country with a system of government like in Russia. At the very least, [the activities] have its is silent support,” Tiilikainen told MTV.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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