Verkkouutiset reports that Finnish Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo met with his Russian colleague Vladimir Kolokoltsev on Tuesday to discuss decreasing illegal immigration on the Finnish-Russian border. Mr Orpo said Finland would like to make a bilateral agreement with Russia, even though Finland is an EU member state and part of the Schengen area. The issue should not be turned into a major political question. Mr Orpo noted that the EU and Russia have an agreement on readmission. The Finnish officials will now look into how the agreement is interpreted.
Journalist: Ilkka Luukkonen
Main source: Petteri Orpo, Finnish Minister of the Interior