On the Finnish side there has been tentatively negotiations about the opening of the international border crossing point in Parikkala by the year of 2017.
In his meeting with Andrei Nelidov, Head of Karelian Republic, Putin confirmed that the Syuvyaoro border station will be included in the list of border objects to be given priority, a press release from the regional administration reads. The meeting, Putin´s first with a regional leader after his 4th March Presidential election victory, was held in Moscow on the 11 March.
The Russian Customs Service now confirms that the Syuvyaoro station will get status as international border checkpoint for regular personnel transport by year 2017, DP.ru reports.
It is believed that the upgraded checkpoint will ease pressure on the nearby Torfyanovka and Brusnichnoye stations. It is also believed that the Syuvyaoro station will provide people in Sankt Petersburg with an improved access point to Finnish holiday resorts in central and northern Finland.
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In Finland also representatives from Finnish customs and Border Guard have discussed the future of the Parikkala crossing point. The aim has long been to get the point an international status. Now different authorities have agreed that opening the Finnish Parikkala border crossing point is possible within a few years´ time.
On the Russian side the needed road improvements at Syväoro border crossing point are expected to be completed by 2015.
In Parikkala the goal is to open the crossing point in the same year (2015), but the deadline for the opening is 2017. For example the Finnish Customs considers this as a possible date.
When it opens the number of crossings at Parikkala crossing point would be up to about 500 000 crossings per year. At present, there are about 15 000 crossings each year. The traffic is currently mainly timber transports.
(Translated from news by Finnish YLE: http://yle.fi/uutiset/raja_auki_parikkalassa_viimeistaan_2017/6143458 )