The Lion and the Bear: Finland and Russia

Finnish-Russian relations. The Finnish-Russian border.
Three men crossed the border from Russia into Finland Tuesday morning and claimed asylum. Finnish border guards are investigating suspected border offences.

Three men crossed the border from Russia into Finland Tuesday morning and claimed asylum. Finnish border guards are investigating suspected border offences.

The Nuijamaa border crossing point was closed on Thursday due to a fatal accident just over the border from Lappeenranta. A Lahti-bound bus carrying 32 people toppled into a ditch in slippery conditions.  Finnish officials say they have not been contacted by their Russian colleagues regarding the crash in the border area, as required by bilateral agreements.

The Nuijamaa border crossing point was closed on Thursday due to a fatal accident just over the border from Lappeenranta. A Lahti-bound bus carrying 32 people toppled into a ditch in slippery conditions. Finnish officials say they have not been contacted by their Russian colleagues regarding the crash in the border area, as required by bilateral agreements.

Pakkasukko ja joulupukki Nuijamaalla

Pakkasukko ja joulupukki Nuijamaalla

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on the Ukrainian crisis, President Sauli Niinistö reaffirmed Finland’s support for international sanctions against Russia. The President also discussed Finland’s history as Russia’s neighbour. Niinistö was one of the key speakers in a presidents’ panel discussion at the Munich conference.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on the Ukrainian crisis, President Sauli Niinistö reaffirmed Finland’s support for international sanctions against Russia. The President also discussed Finland’s history as Russia’s neighbour. Niinistö was one of the key speakers in a presidents’ panel discussion at the Munich conference.

Illegal border crossing RUS-FIN. Syrian men brave North Karelia’s freezing cold in asylum bid via @YLE

Illegal border crossing RUS-FIN. Syrian men brave North Karelia’s freezing cold in asylum bid via @YLE

The tightening sanctions measures affecting Russian-Finnish relations have had minimal impact on Karelian Russians

The tightening sanctions measures affecting Russian-Finnish relations have had minimal impact on Karelian Russians

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Finns on Russian border wary of Nato ties

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Finns on Russian border wary of Nato ties

Four thousand #Russians come over the border to shop in #Lappeenranta every day

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