Warning from the Baltic states regarding the Russian plan to move the maritime borders

Finland’s defense and foreign affairs committees held emergency meetings on Wednesday and Prime Minister Petteri Urbo said the political leadership was “closely monitoring the situation.”

“At the moment, I don’t see any reason for greater concern,” he added.

The Russian proposals were no longer visible on Wednesday, leaving only the message “Draft deleted” on the page. A Russian source later told TASS and other news agencies that there were no plans to review Russian territorial waters in the Baltic Sea.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov referred all inquiries to the Defense Ministry, noting that “there is nothing political here,” while noting that the political situation had changed since the 1980s: “You can see the level of confrontation, especially in the Baltic region.” region.”

Charlie Salonius Pasternak of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs said the Russian plan is clearly trying to look like a bureaucratic and technical exercise.

But it was also a very typical Russian approach of “investigate everywhere, then if you encounter a response, say it’s nothing.”

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Channel

The Russian discoveries also coincided with a wake-up call from the commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, General Michael Biden.

“Putin’s goal is to control the Baltic Sea” He told the German website RND, external. “The Baltic Sea must not become Putin’s playground where he can terrorize NATO members.”

Sweden joined NATO in March, becoming the alliance’s 32nd member, and has strengthened its military presence on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea over the past two years.

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Biden said he is sure that Russia has its eyes on Gotland, because if Sweden loses control of the island, it will mean the end of peace and stability in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Finland, which joined NATO last year, announced plans to prevent asylum seekers from crossing its eastern border with Russia in large numbers.

Helsinki fears Moscow has plans to “exploit” migration, but the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has warned that the draft law could lead to so-called returns of people with a legitimate right to asylum.

“Push-back practices put people at risk, often resulting in serious injuries, family separation, or even deaths.” said Philippe Leclerc of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, external.

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