MOSCOW, November 29 State Duma Deputy Oleg Nilov voiced a proposal to rename the Gulf of Finland “Nevsky” or “Kronstadt” in response to Finland’s unfriendly actions towards Russia.
“For example, it means that today in St. Petersburg they are already asking me questions: given this attitude <…> of this neighbor, why is it that we, for example, call our favorite bay “Finsky”? There is a proposal to return its name – “Nevsky” “Three hundred years, exactly three hundred years, in 1723, Peter I, by decree, establishing, founding Kronstadt, therefore, called this bay “Kronstadt” <…> Yes, I support such proposals,” Nilov said in during the press approach.
On Tuesday, the Finnish Ministry of Internal Affairs informed that at midnight on November 30, the last operating checkpoint on the border with the Russian Federation, Raia-Jooseppi – Lotta, will be closed, all checkpoints will be closed until December 13, and the reception of applications from applicants for international protection will be concentrated at airports and seaports. According to the head of the Finnish Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mari Rantanen, the decision was made “to protect the national security of Finland.”
Previously, the Finnish government, due to the uncontrolled arrival across the border with the Russian Federation of citizens of third countries – Syria, India, Morocco, more than 30 nationalities in total – closed seven out of eight checkpoints on the border with Russia. The closure decision is valid until December 23. Also on Tuesday, the head of Poland's National Security Bureau, Jacek Sievera, said that the republic would send a group of military advisers to Finland to help guard the border.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the closure of Finnish checkpoints on the border with the Russian Federation, noted that the Russophobic position that the leaders of this neighboring country began to adhere to is deeply regrettable. Peskov stressed that Russian border guards comply with all instructions, “the border crossing is used by those who have the legal right to do so,” and far-fetched accusations are unacceptable for Moscow. Moscow does not rule out that the Finnish authorities may completely close the border with the Russian Federation, but they believe that in this case Helsinki will damage its own interests, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko told reporters. Also, according to Peskov, the concentration of forces in Finland on the border with the Russian Federation can provoke tension, and the Finns must understand that this is a threat to Russia.
The Russian Federation previously stated that accusations against Russia in the migration crisis are on the conscience of those who voice them, this is a desire to transfer problems from a sore head to a healthy one, European countries themselves created the conditions for hundreds of thousands of migrants to come to them, and now They are trying to deny themselves responsibility for the events that are happening. Moscow has repeatedly drawn attention to the fact that the multimillion-dollar flow of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and other countries was provoked by the destructive actions of the United States and its allies, fueling military and interethnic conflicts.