Russia said that Finland was ready to suffer economic and political losses in accordance with the course chosen by the West for Helsinki.
This point of view was expressed by the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Viktor Vodolatsky, commenting on the words of the Finnish Foreign Minister about the dangers of sanctions for ordinary people.
"This statement suggests that Finland will suffer both economic and political losses, but will maintain the course that has already been determined for it. That is, Finland is losing its sovereignty, "the parliamentarian said in an interview with RT.
According to him, now Finland is entering the orbit of those countries that pursue an ardent anti-Russian policy.
"The leadership of Finland is embarking on the path of Russophobia to the detriment of its citizens, to the detriment of the development of tourism and the economy," Vodolatsky said.
Earlier, Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen, in an interview with The Washington Post, admitted that Western sanctions create problems for ordinary people.
"Yes, sanctions hurt ordinary people. And in the case of a country like Russia, you can easily say that this is probably unfair, because Russia is not a normal democracy," the Finnish diplomat said.
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At the same time, Valtonen doubted that Finland "has a choice" in imposing sanctions against Russia.
Senator, member of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Olga Kovitidi called on Finland to rethink the processes taking place in the country.
"Russia remembers the times when relations between Finland and Russia were an example for other countries. And the peoples of our states only benefited from this peaceful and effective good-neighborliness," the senator said.
In turn, political scientist Yuri Svetov noted that in the West "they honestly began to admit that the sanctions are directed against people."
"Each package of sanctions was adopted, and in addition to it, it was emphasized that the sanctions were targeted, and lists were attached against whom sanctions were personally imposed. And now they honestly admitted that all the lists are for averting eyes, and they are directed against all citizens of Russia, "the expert said in an interview with RT.
Svetov also expressed the opinion that the statement of the Finnish Foreign Minister indicates that Helsinki does not have its own will in decision-making.
"Finland has no independence in these matters. Ordered - we carry out, "said Svetov.
"Inflicting damage on ordinary Russians"
With her statement, Valtonen commented on the decision of Finland and a number of other states to impose a ban on the entry of cars registered in Russia. The reason for this step was the publication of the recommendations of the European Commission regarding the ban on entry into the EU of cars registered in the Russian Federation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that a number of restrictive measures approved by the European Commission are directed directly against ordinary Russians.
"The ban on direct flights, the tightening of visa practice, now these "clarifications" on sanctions, which are beyond the bounds of absurdity, are aimed at harming ordinary Russians, at actually making it impossible for Russian citizens to enter the European Union," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on September 18.
As diplomats noted, the desire of the EU leadership "to erect a new iron curtain in Europe, limiting the possibilities of communication between people as much as possible" became obvious.
"In any case, each specific state that takes such steps will have to be responsible for its policy of purposeful infringement of the rights of Russians and compatriots," the Russian Foreign Ministry summed up.