Finland wants to close its border and the EU no longer wants Russian diamonds

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Finland wants to close its border and the EU no longer wants Russian diamonds
  • Russia launched its “military operation” in Ukraine on Thursday February 24, 2022. 20 minutes offers you his summary of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
  • A striking declaration, a key figure, the underlying trends… Here is the essential information to better understand a war of unprecedented scale on European soil.
  • This Tuesday, Finland, which shares a 1,340-kilometer border with Russia, announced that it was considering restricting border traffic, or even closing its crossing points with Moscow.

Have you missed the latest events on the war in Ukraine? 20 minutes takes stock for you every evening at 7:30 p.m. Between the strong declarations, the advances on the front and the results of the battles, here are the main points of the day.

The fact of the day

Finland, which shares a 1,340 kilometer border with Russia, announced that it was considering restricting border traffic, or even closing its crossing points with Moscow, after an increase in the number of illegal migrant crossings. Border guards recorded 39 people arriving at the southeastern border on Monday, more than the 34 recorded all of last week.

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo said Russia was deliberately letting migrants cross the border despite lacking valid papers, suggesting it was an attempt to destabilize its neighbor. The Kremlin had in fact promised in April to take “countermeasures” after Finland’s accession to NATO, describing the enlargement of the Western alliance as an “attack on the security” of Russia.

As a reminder, Finland unveiled a project at the end of 2022 aimed at building a vast fence over 200 kilometers of its border – largely uninhabited – with Russia. It is due to be completed in 2026.

Today’s number

300,000. This is the number of artillery munitions supplied by the European Union to Ukraine since the start of the war. The fact remains that the EU will not be able to deliver a million munitions to Kiev before the spring, as it had committed to doing, while 40% of European production is intended for export to around thirty other countries. country. than Ukraine.

Sentence of the day

In all our conversations with the Ukrainian government, we have insisted that we will continue to stand by them.”

These are the words of the spokesperson for the US State Department. Matthew Miller thus echoed the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, who had promised Andriy Yermak, Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff, that United States support for Kiev would continue, including during the winter. Antony Blinken discussed “steps we can take together with Ukraine to strengthen its infrastructure before next winter,” said Matthew Miller, as Russian strikes on critical infrastructure are expected again during this season .

Today’s trend

The European Commission hopes to announce a new package of sanctions against Russia tomorrow, Wednesday, which should put an end to Russian diamond exports to the EU, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell announced on Monday. “We are finalizing the last details of this package” of sanctions, the 12th since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Josep Borrell told the press.

A package imagined while Moscow is accused of financing part of its war against Ukraine thanks to the lucrative diamond trade, which represents a turnover of around four to five billion dollars per year.

And this new sanctions package comes as the EU also seeks to shore up its military support for Ukraine. Once decided, these sanctions will still have to be unanimously approved by the 27 EU countries.




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