Contents tagged with Finland

  • Finland's leaders call for NATO membership 'without delay', Kremlin sees move as threat to Russia

    Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would see Finland’s accession to NATO as a threat and that the move would not contribute to more stability and more security in the world.

    Finland shares a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) land border with Russia.

    Speaking after Finland’s top leaders announced they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, Peskov told reporters, "as we have said many times before, NATO expansion does not make the world more stable and secure."

    Peskov noted …

  • Russia threatens to take ‘military measures’ if Finland joins NATO

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Finland's membership in NATO will not strengthen the country's security. If Finland joins NATO, the Russian military will consider "all necessary measures", said the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko.

    Grushko did not specify what measures might be taken.

    "It is clear that from the security point of view, we will not remain indifferent. Our military will consider all necessary measures that will be required to ensure legitimate defense …

  • Kremlin: Russia will consider Finland and Sweden adversaries if they join NATO

    If Finland and Sweden join NATO, then Russia will have more "officially registered adversaries,“ said the deputy head of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, on Telegram.

    According to him, if Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the land borders of the Alliance with the Russian Federation will more than double.

    Medvedev said that in the face of this threat Russia will have to seriously strengthen its ground and air defense forces, as well as deploy significant naval forces to …

  • Finland considers building barbed wire fence on the border with Russia

    The Finnish authorities are discussing a possibility of building a fence on the border with Russia. The length of this border stretch is more than a thousand kilometers.

    According to the newspaper Yle, the issue was brought up by the former Minister of the Interior and an MP from the opposition Coalition Party Kai Mykkänen who spoke in favor of building barriers on the eastern border to prevent migrants from entering the country.

    The politician pointed out that Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia …

  • Kremlin: Finland’s banks closing accounts of Russian companies

    Banks in Finland are refusing to open and are also closing the existing accounts of Russian businesses, said the trade mission of the Russian Federation to Finland.

    The problem arose in 2015 after a wave of Western sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas, and since then has not been resolved.

    "Such cases are far from isolated, and this is of particular concern," said the head of the Russian trade mission Anton Loginov during a round table with Finnish …

  • Finland claims Russian warplanes violated its air space

    Two Russian Su-27 aircraft violated Finnish airspace, announced the press service of Finland’s Defense Ministry.

    According to Finland’s Defense Ministry, the fighter jets were in the country’s airspace for about 14 hours during a flight over the Gulf of Finland near Helsinki.

    The incident is being investigated by the Finnish Border Guard.

    RIA Novosti reports that the Russian Defense Ministry denied the Finnish Defense Ministry's statement. The Russian Defense Ministry noted that four Su-27 …

  • Putin’s friend Rotenberg loses lawsuit against Scandinavian banks in Finland

    The Russian businessman Boris Rotenberg, who has come under US sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine and his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, lost a lawsuit against four Scandinavian banks in a Finnish court on Monday.

    “The Helsinki District Court has dismissed Boris Rotenberg’s lawsuit regarding the right to banking services and damage from discrimination,” the court said in a statement.

    Rotenberg, who also has Finnish citizenship, filed a lawsuit against Nordea, Danske …

  • Finland begins air patrols of border with Russia

    Helsinki has decided to monitor the border from the air in order to combat illegal infiltration into its territory from the Russian Federation.

    To do this, border guards will use helicopters and aircraft, reports YLE.

    Forests in the east and north, where border guards are less likely to be protected compared to other Finnish territories, will be particularly carefully patrolled.

    Earlier it was reported that Finland has become more likely to grant asylum to Russians.

  • Russians will need approval of Finnish Defense Ministry to buy property in Finland

    Finland has obliged citizens who do not live in EU countries to request permission from the Finnish Defense Ministry to the purchase of the real estate in the country. The measure, which would go into effect from January 1, also applies to Russian citizens, reports the YLE news agency.

    The Defense Ministry will check whether the buyers present a threat to the country’s security. Thus, purchases of  properties located near airfields, radars, and warehouses of food reserves are likely to be …

  • Finland and Estonia launch Balticconnector gas pipeline

    On December 11, ceremonies to mark the commissioning of the Estonian-Finnish gas pipeline Balticconnector were held simultaneously in Paldiski (Estonia) and Helsinki (Helsinki), reports Delfi news outlet.

    The gas pipeline was launched by the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

    The length of the underwater part of the Balticconnector gas pipeline from Paldiski to Inkoo municipality in Finland is 77 km. The land part covers 55 km in Estonia and 21 km in …