Poland is sending its military advisors to Finland to share their experience with their Finnish counterparts regarding border protection amid an influx of illegal migrants from Russia.
This was announced by the head of Poland’s National Security Bureau, Jacek Siewiera.
According to Siewiera, the official request from Helsinki for allied support in protecting the Finnish-Russian border was one of the outcomes of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö’s visit to Poland.
“Poland intends to respond positively to the request of our NATO and EU ally. A team of military advisors will be dispatched to share experience in securing the border,” emphasized the head of Poland’s national security.
It is worth noting that last week, the European Union announced that the EU border agency, FRONTEX, would send border guards and specialized equipment to Finland to assist in dealing with the influx of illegal migrants on the borders with Russia.
Thus, at least 50 border guards and other necessary personnel and equipment, including patrol cars, were sent to the Finnish border.
“The support for Finland from FRONTEX goes beyond logistics; it is a demonstration of the European Union’s unified position against hybrid challenges affecting one of its members,” noted FRONTEX Executive Director Hans Leytens.
Recall that in November alone, over 500 asylum seekers arrived in Finland from the Russian border. Initially, the Finnish side decided to partially close the border with Russia and began constructing protective structures on the state border.
Earlier, it became known that the Finnish government decided to block all border crossings on the border with Russia. The last crossing point will cease operation tonight and remain closed until December 13.
Finland terminated the simplified visa regime agreement with the Russian Federation in August 2022.
Recall that after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Poland faced provocations on the border with Kremlin-friendly Belarus, all aimed at destabilizing the situation within Poland.