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Finnish lawmakers approve controversial law to turn away migrants at border with Russia

Jul. 12, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish lawmakers on Friday narrowly approved a controversial bill that will allow border guards to turn away third-country migrants attempting to enter from neighboring Russia and reject their asylum applications because Helsinki says Moscow is orchestrating an influx of migrants...

US, Canada and Finland look to build more icebreakers to counter Russia in the Arctic

Jul. 11, 2024 10:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, Canada and Finland will work together to build up their icebreaker fleets as they look to bolster their defenses in the Arctic, where Russia has been increasingly active, the White House announced Thursday. The pact announced at the NATO summit...

Tall Ships Races with 50 classic vessels seek to draw attention to Baltic Sea's alarming condition

Jul. 04, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Dozens of classic sailing vessels from 13 countries that are plying the Baltic Sea arrived in the Finnish capital on Thursday at the end of the first leg of the Tall Ships Races that began in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda in late June. This year’s...

Divers find remains of Finnish WWII plane that was shot down by Moscow with a US diplomat aboard

Jun. 15, 2024 18:44 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The World War II mystery of what happened to a Finnish passenger plane after it was shot down over the Baltic Sea by Soviet bombers appears to finally be solved more than eight decades later. The plane was carrying American and French diplomatic couriers in June...

Baltic Sea nations react warily to a reported Russian proposal to revise its maritime border

May. 22, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Leaders around the Baltic Sea reacted warily Wednesday to reports that Russia could revise the borders of its territorial waters in the region, with Lithuania's foreign minister calling it an "obvious escalation” that must be met with an "appropriately firm...

NATO newcomer Finland is now a 'front-line state' for the alliance, Finnish president says

Apr. 23, 2024 11:19 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finnish President Alexander Stubb said Tuesday that joining the NATO alliance a year ago has transformed his country into a "front-line state," given that it has doubled the military bloc's border with Russia. Finland, which became the 31st NATO member in...