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    Finnish authorities are tightening entry rules for Russians from July 10, including changing the conditions previously in effect for students, property owners and business travelers.

    “The entry of Russian citizens into Finland and through Finland to the rest of the Schengen area will continue to be restricted. At the same time, restrictions will be tightened for businessmen, owners of real estate [in Finland] and students,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic said.

    The new rules will work “until further notice.”

    Applicants from Russia are now only allowed to enroll in degree programs. Attending short-term and long-term courses at universities is excluded.

    Property owners entering the country will have to justify the need for their personal presence.

    Business trips in transit through Finland are prohibited. And in order to be in the country itself, “good reasons” will be needed.

    On July 6, Finland also limited Russians to “optional trips” to the country for an indefinite period, as well as transit to other countries of the Schengen zone.

    In September last year, Helsinki decided to close entry to Finnish territory for Russians with a tourist visa. For the last ten months, entry was possible for citizens of the Russian Federation only for family reasons, for study, work, treatment, and also for humanitarian reasons.

    Closure of the Consulate General

    The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday announced the withdrawal of consent to the activities of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg, as well as the expulsion of nine Finnish diplomats. Until October 1, the diplomatic mission should complete its work.

    Russia will not discuss Crimea and Novorossiya.” Lukashenko urged Ukraine to negotiate President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met on July 6 with Belarusian and foreign… 06 July 18:27 declare a strong protest in connection with the “anti-Russian policy pursued by Helsinki, aimed at breaking down the Russian-Finnish relations of mutually beneficial cooperation that have been formed over decades, breaking off multifaceted trade, economic and interregional ties, direct contacts between citizens, discrimination against Russians on the basis of national origin in matters of issuing entry visas” .

    It is emphasized that the decision to close the diplomatic mission was made in connection with the expulsion from Finland of nine representatives of Russian foreign missions.

    The President of Finland has already announced a possible government response republics. “We are preparing responses. An equivalent response to the closure of the St. Petersburg Consulate General is the closure of the Russian Consulate in Turku,” Sauli Niinistö is quoted by TASS.

    “A tougher position”

    The State Duma has already called for a review of all existing agreements with Finland, given its “Russophobic sentiments.” In particular, Aleksey Chepa, deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, suggested revising commercial agreements.

    “The West and NATO countries are trying to push Finland to be in the outpost of Russophobic movements. We need to be tougher, we always expect that they will come to their senses, but this does not happen, ”said the parliamentarian on the radio station“ Moscow Speaks ”.

    “Finland uses the strait and channel in their interests, and we continue to charge them a small rent, and they make good money on it, ”he gave an example of an area in which, in his opinion, the agreements are subject to revision.

    In early April, Finland joined NATO. The head of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, has repeatedly stated that the Finnish authorities themselves will decide whether they want to place NATO weapons on their territory or not.

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