The Finnish authorities have followed the path of those politicians whose fate is already sealed, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Chepa, told Izvestia on Thursday, July 7, commenting on the decision of the Finnish parliament to install a fence on the border with Russia.
According to the deputy, this contradicts the entire history of bilateral relations between Russia and Finland. He also added that in this regard, Moscow will revise a number of agreements with Helsinki.
“It will affect the Finnish economy. We will also revise the transport agreement, which is of great importance to them. I think this will cause great displeasure among ordinary citizens, and in many ways the Finnish government can expect to take into account [outgoing British Prime Minister Boris] Johnson. Unfortunately, they went in the wake of those politicians whose fate is already a foregone conclusion,” Chepa stressed.
Earlier in the day, the Finnish parliament voted to amend the border protection bill. It was noted that the document will make it possible to install a fence on the border with Russia with a length of 1.3 thousand km. As pointed out by Reuters, the bill was approved by the majority of members of the country’s parliament, despite the fact that it is contrary to the norms of the EU.
This bill will allow the Finnish government to rapidly issue orders to build barriers near the Finnish border and direct all requests for asylum to one or more border points, such as an airport.
On June 6, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Russia had never posed any threat to both Finland and Sweden. On the same day, the head of the Finnish State Security Police, Antti Pelttari, said that their country was surprised by the lack of pressure from Russia because of the country’s intention to join NATO.