The NATO enlargement eastwards is without doubt one of the most harmful developments of the final a long time in Europe, as much as the purpose the place it now borders Russia, with the introduction of Finland within the protection alliance.
That is certain to trigger geopolitical tensions of a grave nature – and it has already began.
Finland and two different European international locations have restricted or want to tighten their borders with Russia, in a transfer paying homage to the times of the ‘chilly battle’.
Finland, Norway and Estonia accuse Moscow of ‘weaponizing’ asylum seekers, largely from international locations together with Iraq, Yemen and Somalia, sending them to the frontier with out correct paperwork.
The Kremlin could also be looking for to check Helsinki’s resolve after it joined NATO. Helsinki introduced just a few days in the past that it will shut 4 out of its 9 border crossings with Russia till February.
The Economist reported:
“The Finnish Border Guard mentioned that boundaries had gone up on the Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala crossings in southeastern Finland—the busiest factors of journey between the international locations, with about 3,000 folks crossing per day.
Following the transfer, Norwegian Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl mentioned Oslo was ready to shut its border with Russia within the far north if there was a pointy improve within the variety of folks crossing it, although this has not occurred but.
In the meantime, Estonia has mentioned it will shut all border crossing factors with Russia if crucial, following an try by eight Somali migrants to enter the NATO and EU member by way of the border metropolis of Narva.
Tallinn has ordered anti-tank ‘dragon’s tooth’ boundaries to its border with Russia in Narva, which is in japanese Estonia. Inside Minister Lauri Läänemets has accused Moscow of pushing asylum seekers ‘with none purpose’ to its frontier. Estonia has returned everybody making an attempt to cross with out paperwork or permission.”
Finland shares an 830-mile frontier with Russia. So it’s pure that Moscow was angered by Helsinki’s accession to NATO, after a long time of non-alignment.
Finland is establishing a 124-mile fence on a piece of the border, as a consequence of be accomplished by 2026.
“Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has mentioned Helsinki was making a “large mistake” by confronting Russia over the immigrants and the Russian international ministry rejected claims that it was weaponizing immigrants, describing the accusations as ‘very unusual’.”