Finland does not want to be a transit state for citizens Russia, in the near future new measures will be prepared to regulate the entry of Russians into the country. This was announced on Wednesday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Pekka Haavisto.
“Finland does not want to be a transit country for Schengen visas issued by other states,” Yule TV quoted the Foreign Minister as saying.
As Haavisto noted, the authorities are preparing a “solution to this issue”, in the near future it will be submitted to the parliament. The diplomat did not say what specific steps are involved.
“There are no moral or ethical grounds for Russian tourists to continue to go on vacation as if nothing had happened. We have repeatedly raised this issue in EU”, added the minister.
In August, the Finnish Foreign Ministry announced visa restrictions, in particular, a reduction in the number of tourist visas issued to Russians from September 1 by 10 times compared to the current level. At the same time, the President of the Republic, Sauli Niinistö, clarified that “Helsinki cannot legally recognize all Schengen visas previously issued to Russians as invalid in the country,” as the Baltic countries and Poland have already done.