A new Iron Curtain? Finland bolsters border with neighbouring Russia

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In this week’s Focus, we turn to the tense frontier between Russia and Finland. The rapport between these neighbouring nations has soured significantly in the wake of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine. Historically, their mutual border has been a theatre of confrontation and conflict. Currently, Finland is taking drastic measures by erecting a formidable barbed wire fence along this boundary. According to authorities in Helsinki, the intention behind this undertaking is twofold: ensuring the nation’s protection and enhancing scrutiny over entries from Russia.

Our reporters Julien Sauvaget and Clovis Casali got the chance to go to the border, visit this fence and also meet Finland’s former President who met several times with Vladimir Putin.

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