The number of Russian citizens who entered the European Union in the last week, after the announcement of Putin’s mobilization, was 30% higher than in the previous one, the European Border Police and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, announced on Tuesday.

“Around 66,000 Russian citizens entered the European Union during the past week (September 19-25), a 30% increase compared to the previous week,” Frontex announced in a statement, according to Agerpres.

Most of the Russian citizens entered the EU through the Finnish and Estonian crossing points.

“During the last four days, 30,000 Russian citizens have arrived in Finland,” states Frontex, writing these data in the context of the mobilization decreed by the Kremlin.

Most of the Russian citizens who entered the EU territory are holders of a residence permit or a visa valid in EU member countries or in the Schengen area, and others have dual citizenship.

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland started “from September 19 to implement entry restrictions for Russian citizens who travel only for tourist or leisure purposes”, recalls Frontex.

Finland announced on Friday that it will “restrict significantly in the coming days” the access of Russians to its territory, which has already become a place of transit this summer to the rest of Europe.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 1,303,000 Russian citizens have entered the EU through its land borders. At the same time, over 1,273,000 Russian citizens returned to Russia at the country’s land borders with the EU, according to Frontex.

Editor: Adrian Dumitru

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