Politico: Russia and Finland break long-term ties

For decades, Finland and Russia have been linked by close economic and business activities on both sides of a long, 1340-kilometer border. Within a few weeks, these ties were severed. There was a suspicious and frightening "silence". Politico writes about this in an article by columnist Charlie Duxbury.

As the journalist writes, in the village of Vainikkala in Finland, at the station, which is located on the railway line between the capital of Finland, Helsinki, and the northern metropolis of Russia, St. Petersburg, is now completely deserted. Finland is just about to apply for membership in NATO, and relations between the two countries have already heated up, apparently, before an official decision on this issue. However, the states have already begun to move away from each other. Long-term ties in the border area are broken.

The Allegro high-speed train, which for many years ran here four times a day with hundreds of passengers in both directions, was suspended. The roadside restaurant is visited by border guards, not travelers from Russia. The whole situation contrasts sharply with what was in this place quite recently and many years before this moment. Now shopping centers have stopped working, small border businesses are suffering, calling what is happening a “catastrophe”. Some Finns have built their businesses around serving Russian tourists for decades and have now gone bankrupt, jeopardizing generations of entrepreneurs.

According to the journalist, Helsinki's decision to join NATO with the filing of an application on May 18 will mean an even greater break in relations, and in all areas and not only in the border areas. Business will suffer, bilateral economic connections and common people. More than half a century of political neutrality will end, and the long-standing system of checks and balances between West and East will cease to exist.

The confrontation between Moscow and Helsinki actually began even before the described event. The heads of Russia and Finland Vladimir Putin and Sauli Niinistö held telephone conversations on May 14, in which the head of Finland announced the decision to integrate into the Western "security system". Of course, the President of Russia warned his colleague about the possible military-technical consequences of this step.

After the collapse of the USSR, there was great hope for cooperation between the two states, which has now almost died out.

Now the focus is again on war, not business

– summarized the columnist Politico.
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  1. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 15 May 2022 09: 59
    Well, let Finnish business and the population ask questions in Helsinki, who they chose there ...
  2. kot711 Offline kot711
    kot711 (vov) 15 May 2022 10: 36
    In today's world, selling now is a bigger problem than buying. So let the dates spin, since they couldn’t sit.
  3. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 15 May 2022 10: 48
    Politico: Russia and Finland break long-term ties

    - Really - Finland can fly into the pipe and become another subsidized shabby state - like Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and so on!
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 15 May 2022 11: 54
    Everything is very bad. For starters, economic levers need to be turned on to the fullest. And not only the Finns, but the EU should already be chopped off. And if the United States begins to install missiles, as in Poland and Romania, then only war. It is necessary to finish with Ukraine quickly, but it seems that there are no forces. So Finland is just the beginning. Yes, Putin did a lot of business with his policy. Peacemaker is a chess player. Peskov and Lavrov will now say their favorite phrase: "Everything is going according to plan!?"
    1. goncharov.62 Offline goncharov.62
      goncharov.62 (Andrei) 15 May 2022 16: 12
      Well, what if you go on the call? Or will you go on bile?
  5. Dmitry KK Offline Dmitry KK
    Dmitry KK (Dmitriy) 15 May 2022 12: 02
    Without ties with Russia, the Finns will become impoverished.
  6. lomograph Offline lomograph
    lomograph (Igor) 15 May 2022 13: 09
    Russia is a big country, everyone will find something to do in it.
    In Mukhossk, for example, there is no one to work.
    But Finland is a small country, and what, let's say, a significant part of the released Finns will do, is not entirely clear.
    However, this is not our problem.
    1. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
      Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 15 May 2022 20: 08
      the ban on the export of round timber led to the virtual bankruptcy of the Finns, and tourism was also covered ..... they will have to live by subsistence farming, which is not very profitable in cold wet weather, hunger and migration of the Finns to the south of Europe, where they are not expected, but there, too, famine threatens, because dill did not plant bread, the Russian Federation and India banned the export of bread, and how will they pay for gas? i.e. we turn off the gas gradually ....
  7. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 15 May 2022 15: 08
    while it is not clear whether the Russian Federation breaks ties with the ungrateful Finnish Papuans or not, Putin likes to play the "good investigator", and some over the hill perceive this as weakness, in the Russian Federation for betraying the national interests of the Russian Federation, however, this is one and the same
    1. goncharov.62 Offline goncharov.62
      goncharov.62 (Andrei) 15 May 2022 16: 13
      There is ...
  8. ENOTE Offline ENOTE
    ENOTE (Alex) 15 May 2022 22: 38
    And what do you want if the prime minister is a former cashier from a supermarket of their incomplete family. They promised a referendum, but scored on the people. Today the rally was in Helsinki. Something not to hear about him at all. In general, everything is bad.
  9. they will sign pbk-3 - they will want to be friends again at once!
  10. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 16 May 2022 01: 29
    The Finns used neutrality very well during the Soviet era. Our country supplied them with everything on preferential terms. She even leased a navigable sea canal. Plus, Russia and the USSR have always bought Finnish goods. But, times are changing. It can be seen that Finland has calculated that it is unprofitable to deal with Russia. And the US is profitable. Time will put everything in its place.
  11. Vyacheslav 64 Offline Vyacheslav 64
    Vyacheslav 64 (Vyacheslav) 16 May 2022 05: 42
    Do not forget, friends, about the main source of prosperity in post-war Finland: during all the years of tense relations between the USSR and the West, Finland was a trade bridge, goods from the union went through it, just like the Finns sold us their own goods, which they could not sell anywhere in the world. What now?!
  12. yo yo Offline yo yo
    yo yo (Vasya Vasin) 16 May 2022 08: 25
    Putin also warned Ukraine about the possible military-technical consequences. No one believed the seriousness of the warning. Special military operation in Ukraine on the face.
  13. Khaertdinov Radik (Radik Khaertdinov) 18 May 2022 12: 17
    Eh, Finns, Finns... You have just set foot on the path to NATO, and you are already complaining! Still AHEAD!!! And if you are also accepted into NATO, in general, krants will begin for you. There, another 4% of GDP SHOULD be paid, can you pull it? Will you not drown in tears from hemorrhoids named NATO? There was no "sadness" - the devils (the States) pumped up!)
    1. whitebeard Offline whitebeard
      whitebeard 19 May 2022 21: 25
      4% is bullshit! By the end of the 80s, the same USSR spent 68% of its GDP on security forces of all kinds, including the military-industrial complex;) Of course, for the Finns with their small army and 4% - sensitive, but nothing, they can handle it. Well, in the USSR we managed, although not for all the time, well, our numbers were incomparable