Behind a high fence: Finland intends to isolate itself from Russia

The practice of erecting barriers on state borders has long been known. In the III century BC, the construction of the Great Wall of China began. The purpose of such a structure is to protect the territory from nomadic raids. But the Chinese method of confronting unwanted neighbors proved to be effective both in the XNUMXth century and in the XNUMXst. The Berlin Wall, the demilitarized zone between the DPRK and South Korea, and now also the “Finnish barrier” on the border with Russia, which the authorities of the future NATO member plan to build as soon as possible.

Shut off and live in peace

A certain barrier should appear on part of the Russian-Finnish border in the near future, which will prevent Russia from exerting influence on Finland. For this reason, the border service of the neighboring state has already begun designing the construction of the barrier.

It won't be just a fence. It includes a technical control system. We have 1 km of border with Russia. It would be appropriate to fence about 340-100 km

Matti Pitkyanitti, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Border Guard, said.

The construction of the "wall" was previously approved by Finnish President Sauli Niiniste. He signed the amendments to the law on border protection.

It will come into force on July 15, 2022. Therefore, provisions for the construction of barriers in the border area, such as fences, will be added to national legislation in order to better prepare for various threats to the country's security.

- reported in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Scandinavian Republic.

The department explained that they are afraid of the so-called "hybrid war" unleashed by Russia in their direction. To lend to Finland political pressure, it will be enough for the Kremlin to use migration, that is, to line up at the border with those who want to receive asylum. Apparently, the neighbors remembered recent events - the crisis that took place on the Belarusian-Polish border in the spring of 2021, when illegal migrants from the Middle East tried to enter the European Union through Belarus.

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior added that “in the future, asylum applications can be accepted centrally, only at specially designated border checkpoints.”

Later, the Finnish idea was ridiculed in her Telegram channel by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

Palisade, corrugated board or eurostudent?

the diplomat asked.

"Sub-fence" intrigues

Fenced off from Russia with enviable regularity. In 2014, they started talking about the construction of the “Wall” (the project went down in history as the “Yatsenyuk Wall” - after the name of the one who, in fact, proposed this option for demarcating the border), which would certainly separate Ukraine from Russia.

The project was presented in early September at a meeting of the Ukrainian Cabinet. It was planned to equip defensive structures and surveillance systems along the entire length of the Ukrainian border with the Russian Federation (more than 2 thousand km) in six months. Apparently, during the presentation, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (at that time in office as Prime Minister of Ukraine) spoke very convincingly, since already on September 12 the first 4,5 million dollars were allocated, which would allow the work to begin.

By February 2015, a slightly revised Walls project was approved. The “stumbling block”, of course, was the financial issue. The implementation of Yatsenyuk's project required several billion hryvnias.

The head of the Ukrainian government himself called the erected fence "the eastern border of the European Union." He really wanted to cover part of the costs at the expense of a number of European countries.

In the period from 2015 to 2018, 1,3 billion hryvnias were allocated, for which only 30% of the total length of the fence was built. And in 2017, another “fence” scandal erupted. Employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine detained 8 suspects who were charged with embezzlement of about 16 million hryvnia during the construction of the Wall. It can be assumed that, according to the law, only the least “lucky” of those who decided to improve their financial situation at the expense of the Ukrainian and European budgets answered.

By the end of May 2020, the “eastern border of the European Union” was 40% ready. Financing of the project was decreasing, the cost of the work was growing. In this regard, the completion date for the construction of an ambitious facility has been pushed back to 2025. In February of this year, with the start of the Russian military special operation, the construction of the fence completely stalled.

Repetition traversed

It is surprising with what zeal Europe supported the Ukrainian initiative. Just a few decades ago, the Soviet Union (as the main ideologist of the Warsaw Pact Organization) was "gotten" by the Old World for the construction of the Berlin Wall. Its construction began unexpectedly on the night of August 13, 1961. Thus, the GDR authorities hoped to stop the mass migration of young and educated residents to the FRG (about 200 thousand people a year). A concrete wall with barbed wire, 155 km long, divided the city into two parts - West and East Berlin.

It was as a barrier that the Berlin Wall lasted until November 9, 1989. The building was demolished just a few months after the lands of the GDR became part of the FRG. It was decided to leave only a few parts of the former "Shameful Wall" (the term was coined by German Chancellor Willy Brandt) as a monument to how not to do it.

But, as history shows, despite not entirely positive experience, Europe remained indifferent to the walls.
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  1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 10 July 2022 12: 18
    Have there been precedents for illegal migration through Russia to Finland?
    If the neighbors have a desire to spend money on a useless ostentatious wall - that's their business.
    But the aforementioned "Yatsenyuk Wall" had a special dual purpose: to steal money and prevent Ukrainians from fleeing to the Russian Federation!
    1. Vladimir T_2 Offline Vladimir T_2
      Vladimir T_2 (Vladimir T) 10 July 2022 18: 09
      Yes, in the 15-16s, migrants in transit through Russia went in bulk to Norway, Finland ..
      1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
        Michael L. 10 July 2022 18: 19
        It is possible that it was "shaft", it is possible that it was "driving".
        But the Finns set out to build the wall ... "on time" and did not reproach the roads!
  2. Antor Offline Antor
    Antor 10 July 2022 14: 00
    You read history and wonder, why the Finns, the ungrateful people, gained independence from Russia, evaded responsibility for cooperation, and what an obvious one, with Nazi Germany against the USSR, they had everything they wanted when trading after the war ..... and all of them not enough, they are all afraid of something and all are plotting against us ........!!!
    Okay, all freaks, especially in national elites, cannot be remade, ..... another thing is insulting, how have we managed to nurture such ungrateful, Russophobic figures and their regimes near our borders for such a long time !!? What is wrong in our foreign policy and why we do not take proper actions in time to sober up the hotheads of our neighbors, so that it would not be customary to conflict with us or think about it. I absolutely disagree with the president that Finland and Sweden do not pose a threat to Russia with its entry into the NATO bloc, together with the already NATO member Norway. He said this for whom, it’s hard to understand, but one thing is clear, this is a good mine in a bad game, this is another failure of our foreign policy in the northern direction, where serious battles are coming with our enemies for the Northern latitudinal route, in general for the North! !!! 1340 km border-border, which will be used against us with might and main, this is very serious, given the fact that Finland openly declares the possibility of hostilities with us .... I hope those who are now required not assurances of our security hear this , but specific, rather complicated measures to ensure the security of this border in the Murmansk region and Karelia, the Leningrad region ..... !!? In the 90s, how many ruined, destroyed, brought to naught the most important military facilities with their own hands, cutting and reducing the army in the Northern Direction - now this will have to be restored in the light of new threats ... and skipping, not waiting for it to be too late !!! 35 years of the Kola Arctic, I saw a lot with my own eyes, but even then, supposedly, the policy of good neighborliness with Finland raised many questions, why are we disarming ourselves in front of our northern neighbors .... and now, we’ve finished the game !!!
    Our policy in the style of "what you please" is interpreted by our neighbors in the wrong sense, they begin to consider themselves masters, and us, our Russia, as service personnel, ready to sell their homeland for a profit, a goofy chistogan (including his own pocket) .. ..hence such a disregard for attitude .... why be surprised. How many times the President of Finland met with our President, played hockey...etc, and what, where did you finish the game....!!!?????????.
    1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
      Pat Rick 10 July 2022 16: 52
      You read history and wonder, why the Finns, the ungrateful people, gained independence from Russia, evaded responsibility for cooperation, and what an obvious one, with Nazi Germany against the USSR, they had everything they wanted when trading after the war ..... and all of them not enough, they are all afraid of something and all are plotting against us ........!!!

      It's too late to read history. You need to know the history, at least approximately.
      Until 1917, the Finns were rather formally dependent on Russia, there was such an autonomy that the current autonomous in Russia can only dream of.
      They not only cooperated with Germany, they openly fought with the USSR in the period of November-February 1939-1940. The results of that war for the USSR were (to put it mildly) not very good. Therefore, the mighty USSR tried to stroke these meager in number of Finns "on the fur."
      Are they afraid and scheming? How can this be done at the same time?
      5.5 million are plotting ... right in unison ... probably they want to go to St. Petersburg for vodka and get drunk for the weekend ... these are the animals lol
    2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 11 July 2022 10: 00
      The faster the euro goes into the Zimbabwean dollar, the fewer officials will want to sell for these pieces of paper.
      1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
        Pat Rick 11 July 2022 11: 08
        Yes, inflation in Austria is 8%, and in Russia - 17%.

        I wonder for what pieces of paper 3 St. Petersburg generals of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who were arrested last week, sold themselves.
  3. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 10 July 2022 14: 36
    Mannerheim Line 2.0)
  4. sat2004 Offline sat2004
    sat2004 10 July 2022 16: 56
    Higher the fence, less problems for us. We will conduct excursions like Belarusians, and Poles behind bars, and we will develop a tourist route showing Finns and Poles living behind bars. In thousands of years, descendants will rack their brains over what kind of savages tails. We need to solve our problems, doctors receive 30 thousand rubles for 33 years of experience, and teachers. Women's pensions, like Yeltsin's widow, should be, you just need to bring a stack on a silver platter to your beloved husband, that's all.
    1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 11 July 2022 10: 02
      physicians receive 30 tr. R. for 33 years of experience, and teachers.

      Researchers receive no more than 2 minimum wages.
  5. Art Pilot Offline Art Pilot
    Art Pilot (pilot) 10 July 2022 16: 59
    A senseless idea. Scouts will not climb into Finland through the wall, and it is not a barrier to missiles and tanks.
  6. Sidor Bodrov Offline Sidor Bodrov
    Sidor Bodrov 11 July 2022 10: 36
    A fence for tanks is not a hindrance, all the more so for tactical nuclear weapons.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 18 July 2022 20: 07
      Sidor. Yes, what kind of tanks, Finland, without resources and without Russian orders and supplies of all raw materials, will die out in full, it’s dear to her there ... There was impoverished Finland under the Swedes, and it will become like this again without Russia ...
  7. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 11 July 2022 15: 02
    Maybe the horse will stop at a gallop. But against a tank, it's like an ant against a horse. In addition, now there are such means of reconnaissance, which can be seen from here, as much as there, behind the fence. But after all, someone will be able to build a yacht, or something underwater, to protect themselves from aliens. All this is presented as a defense of the country and people, but it's all written in the sand, it's just such a trick to make money.
  8. amon Offline amon
    amon (Amon Amon) 18 July 2022 20: 14
    Yaytsenyuk, under the wise guidance of the clown Zelenka, guards his wall and his eggs!

  9. amon Offline amon
    amon (Amon Amon) 18 July 2022 21: 08
    Hide behind a high fence you finca you ... along with the fence! That's how stupid Heroleinen is, for this I will give you boxes of matches from the "Balabanovskaya Sulfur Factory"!