The Office of the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö said that a “fundamental decision was made to significantly restrict” the entry of Russians and the issuance of visas to them “on the basis of serious damage to the international authority of Finland.”
“On September 23, the President of the Republic and the Committee of the Council of Ministers on Foreign and Security Policy made a fundamental decision to significantly restrict the entry of Russian citizens and the issuance of visas on the basis of serious damage to the international prestige of Finland,” the Office of the President said in a statement.
On September 23, at a press conference, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Pecca Haavisto, reports MTV Uutiset today, will present more detailed information.
No word yet on when the restrictions will come into effect. Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have restricted entry for Russians since September 19. Finland remained the only EU country with a land border with Russia, open to the entry of Russians with tourist and Schengen visas.
Read more about the restrictions in the publication of Kommersant “Baltic and Poland made a move by Schengen.”