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Russia wants to move maritime borders in the Gulf of Finland towards Finland and Lithuania

Russia wants to move maritime borders in the Gulf of Finland towards Finland and Lithuania

Under the proposal, the border would be unilaterally moved in the eastern parts of the Gulf of Finland around the Russian islands, and in the area of ​​the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. On behalf of Finland, the border would be redrawn near the Russian islands of Hogland, Soamaro, Rudskär, Teterskär and Vegerund. It is not clear exactly how the border would be redrawn.

Russian news sites point to a draft posted on a Russian government website, which neither Yle nor Finwire had access to.

“According to media reports, Russia is likely to revise the definition of maritime zones in the Gulf of Finland. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on the details. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea contains provisions on the definition of maritime zones of a coastal state as well as control over them. We assume that Russia, a party to the Convention, is acting accordingly. It is worth noting that creating confusion is also a hybrid effect. Finland is not confused,” writes the Finnish Foreign Minister Elena Valtonen On platform X.

Joachim PasikiviPresenter and instructor of military strategy at the Norwegian Defence Academy says: Evening Newspaper He personally sees the Russian announcement as an escalation.

“I personally think that the Åland Treaty and the demilitarization of Åland should be reconsidered. Not least the Russian consulate in Mariehamn should be put in place.”

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