The mobilization

in Russia and the possibility that Russian citizens will not be allowed to leave the country increases the risk of illegal border crossing along the Norwegian-Russian border.

This is stated in the statement of the government of Norway.

For this reason, the Norwegian government said its armed forces, based in Sør Varanger, are monitoring the Russian-Norwegian border and will deploy a police helicopter equipped with sensors to detect potential illegal crossings along the 198-kilometer border with Russia.

"The police are monitoring the situation in Sturskug (checkpoint - ed.), and now we are increasing the presence of the police in the border area as well as outside the border station. 

The police helicopter is a useful tool for monitoring the border from the Norwegian side of the border," said Minister of Justice and Public Security Emily Enger Mähl.

Norway is also ready to follow the

example of Finland

in banning Russian tourist visa holders from entering the country.

According to the Finnish border guard, more than 50,000 Russians entered Finland after Putin's mobilization order last week.

"We will quickly close the border if it becomes necessary, and changes can be made in a short time. Few people have arrived in Norway, compared to Finland, and the situation here is different," the minister added.

Mel also said that the government is in close talks with the Norwegian police and customs regarding the situation at the border.

We would like to remind you that the European Commission has

provided updated recommendations

for the member states regarding the issuance of visas and border control for Russian citizens at the external borders of the EU.

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