Rallies were held in Finland against the closure of the border with Russia

In the Finnish border city of Lappeenranta, a rally was held against the closure of checkpoints on the border with Russia. A similar rally took place in the Finnish city of Jyväskylä, the Yle television and radio company reports.

According to Yle, about 200–300 people took part in the action in Lappeenranta. They demanded that the Finnish government open at least one of the border checkpoints in the southeast of the country.

On November 18, the situation at the Vartius checkpoint became more complicated when the Finnish Border Guard temporarily closed it due to overcrowding. The reason for the closure was due to overload after the arrival of 67 asylum seekers in one day.

Earlier, the Finnish government said that the country’s cabinet could cancel decisions to close the checkpoint on the border with Russia if the situation changes.

Before this, the Finnish government decided to close four out of eight checkpoints on the border with Russia from November 18. The Cabinet of Ministers clarified that the ban is being introduced for three months – until February 18, 2024.

Earlier, the President of Finland predicted difficulties on the border with Russia.

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