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Marin: We have to put an end to Russian travel and tourism

Prime Minister Sanna Marin commented on the situation in Russia and on Finland's eastern border as the government considers tightening entry regulations.

PM Sanna Marin (SDP) commented on the situation regarding Russian tourists visas and the eastern border. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) commented on Thursday about the situation regarding visas for Russian tourists and the eastern border.

According to the premier, Russia's partial mobilisation of reserves require Finnish security authorities to reassess security threats.

"The assessment has to be done very quickly," Marin told reporters gathered at parliament.

Marin added that the government had heard the assessments of the situation from various ministries and authorities on Thursday.

Marin also commented on the situation regarding Russian tourist visas.

"We have to put an end to Russian travel and tourism, how to do this is a more complicated question," Marin said.

If the security situation at border crossings is assessed to have deteriorated, new solutions are possible to limit visas, for example restricting border crossings from Russia to Finland.

Finland has already sought to tighten restrictions on Russians leisure travelling in Finland and transiting to other countries.

Marin said during parliamentary question time on Thursday that the government is ready to take action to put an end to Russian tourism.

Yesterday in New York, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto (Green), said that Finland is preparing its own, national solution on tourist visas for Russians.

Additionally, a Thursday poll showed 85 percent of people in Finland supported suspending tourist visas for Russians.

According to Yle, family visits will still be permissible under any new restrictions.