The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, has said that Russia could face the same influx of refugees that Turkey is witnessing. This was reported by Interfax on the 14th of February, with reference to a statement made by Niinistö in the Finnish edition of MTV News during the Munich Security Conference.
"If Turkey closes its border, or its running stream is under control, the uncontrollable wave of people will move somewhere else," Niinistö said. "In this sense, Russia could become the next Turkey," the Finnish President said. He also stressed that in the case of this influx of refugees from the Balkans to Russia, the pressure on Finland and the Baltic States will also increase. Niinistö said that at the moment, the situation is very much dependent on Moscow's position.
Earlier at the conference, he met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. During this meeting, the politicians discussed the immigration crisis.
During the summit in Brussels earlier this month, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the decision was made to assist Greece, Germany and Turkey in solving the problems of illegal immigration and trafficking.