On Saturday, November 18, the Vartius point stopped working around 18:20 local time (19:20 Moscow). According to the source, 67 refugees arrived there during the day.
As he writes IltalehtiOn November 17, five asylum seekers arrived through Vartius, up from 18 the day before. According to the publication, the checkpoint was supposed to reopen at 8:00 (9:00 Moscow time) Sunday, November 19.
The Vartius checkpoint is the closest to the Niirala checkpoint, which was closed the day before. The distance between them is 900 kilometers (about 11 hours by car).
Finland closed four checkpoints on the border with Russia on November 18. Local authorities explained their decision by the influx of migrants from third countries, which Russia is blamed for. Border checkpoints will reopen no earlier than February 18th. The authors of the initiative acknowledged that this measure would entail a number of problems, for example, for people with two passports.https://musicnewsfirst.com/