In response to media reports of Poland’s potential deployment of “troops” to Finland’s border with Russia, the Kremlin expressed concerns about the possibility, stating that such actions could escalate tensions and be perceived as a threat by Russia.
The head of Poland’s National Security Bureau, Jacek Siewiera, announced on the X social media platform that Poland would be sending “a team of military advisors” to Finland following an official request for allied support in response to a “hybrid attack” on the border.
This team of military advisors aims to provide expertise in border security and operational matters.
Helsinki recently closed its border with Russia after an influx of refugees, which Finland claims was orchestrated by Moscow, a claim that Russia has denied.
When contacted by Reuters, Finnish authorities stated that they were not aware of the reported plans and could not comment on the matter. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, who recently met with Polish President Andrzej Duda, was unavailable for immediate comment.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed the view that Poland’s potential troop deployment was unnecessary and could pose a threat to Russia due to an increased military presence on its borders.
Peskov emphasized that the deployment would be unwarranted and unjustified.
(Reporting by Reuters, Anne Kauranen in Helsinki;Writing by Felix Light;Editing by Andrew Osborn and Bernadette Baum)