28 Jun '17, 10am

Recommend to read, "Hybrid influence – lessons from #Finland", by @Pynnoniemi & @sinikukka. @NATO https://t.co/vPBWjfYpEe

In the winter of 2015–2016, Russia suddenly began to let third country citizens access the Russian–Finnish border to seek asylum in Finland. This breached a decades-old common border practice, without actually breaking any official agreements. A total of 1,713 asylum seekers arrived in Finland from Russia during the winter months. The Russian border zone is controlled by the Federal Security Service (FSB), a domestic security and counter-intelligence agency, which acts under the direct command of the state leadership. The issue became a political bone of contention in bilateral relations and was ‘resolved’ by signing a temporary agreement that restricts border crossings at two border crossing points. The relatively small number of asylum seekers indicates that Russia’s aim was not to destabilise Finland but perhaps to test the reaction and operational readiness of the Finn...

Full article: http://www.nato.int/docu/review/2017/Also-in-2017/lessons...

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