Poland stands with Finland as both countries face increased pressure from Russia on their borders.
Polish President Andrzej Duda assured his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö that Poland was ready to contribute to its defense against Russia’s hybrid attacks during their meeting in Warsaw on Monday.
The leaders discussed security challenges posed by Russia and Belarus, focusing on growing migration pressure on the Finnish border.
President Duda said Poland understands Finland’s situation, as it faces similar challenges on its border with Belarus.
Duda underlined Poland’s commitment to systematically protect its borders, echoing European obligations.
Finland has responded to a recent increase in migration by building additional barriers along its border with Russia.
It comes as Finland grapples with a surge in asylum seekers, with around 70 people arriving at the border on bikes and scooters.
Russia’s actions, such as pushing migrants towards the border and closing barriers, reflect the challenges Poland has faced since 2021.
Poland and the European Union attribute the wave of migration in Poland to actions orchestrated by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.
In response to this situation, Finland closed four checkpoints on the eastern border, planning to close the entire border with Russia. Russia has expressed disappointment over Finland’s decision to close the remaining border crossings, with presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noting a change in relations.
Peskov spoke of Russia’s regrets over the change in dynamics, citing a “Russophobic stance” taken by Finnish leaders. Despite strained relations, he acknowledged that Russia is unlikely to influence the situation due to the lack of dialogue and external factors.