On Thursday, Finland’s parliament approved legislation that would allow barriers on the country’s border with Russia and allow the closing of the 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border from asylum seekers in extraordinary situations.

While the bill on preparedness was contested in terms of European Union asylum rules, it was passed by a supermajority, which allows parliament to fast-track laws, amid fears that Russia would retaliate for Finland’s plans to join NATO.

It will also allow the government to decide whether or not to construct fences or other barriers near Finnish borders and to direct all asylum applications to one or more border crossings, such as an airport.

Source: Reuters

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