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Finland re-introduces border control for US-Russia leader summit

Finland has proposed border checks for EU arrivals during talks held between the Russian and American leaders in the country's capital.

Published: July 10, 2018, 2:48 pm

    Helsinki

    The Interior Ministry wants to keep out those deemed a threat to security or public order, a border guard official told Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat on Monday.

    Lieutenant Colonel Kimmo Elomaa, a deputy project manager with the Finnish Border Guard confirmed to Yle that the checks would be in place over a four-day period starting from noon on the Friday prior to the heads’ visits, 13 July and would end at noon the following Tuesday, 17 July.

    Finland will be re-introducing passport checks for passengers, even for those travelling within the Schengen free movement area of which Finland is part. Current valid travel documents will remain in force over the proposed inspection period.

    US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will arrive in Finland on 15 July for bilateral talks over two days.

    The prime minister’s cabinet is expected to give the go-ahead for border control during a meeting on Friday. Checks will include persons arriving in Finland as well as those leaving the country. In particular, the Border Guard will up their surveillance of air and sea ports as well as the busiest border crossing points in the north.

    “Naturally the emphasis will be on places where there is a concentration of travellers,” Elomaa said. Inspections will be targeted based on analysis and intelligence provided to border authorities, he said.

    “It will involve activities such as reviewing passenger lists and creating different profiles,” he said. He advised passengers to be prepared for identity verifications. “Even if you take a trip to Tallinn, you should have a passport or an official identity document.”

    Passport checks were previously temporarily restored during the World Athletics Championship in 2005.

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