It seems that Poland wants to be the first NATO country to have troops on Finland’s border with Russia. The head of the Polish National Security Bureau Jacek Siewiera said in a post on social media platform X late on Nov. 28, that Poland would send military advisors to its new NATO ally Finland, in response to “an official request for allied support in the face of a hybrid attack on the Finnish border,” reported Reuters. “A team of military advisers will provide on-site knowledge on border security, also in operational terms,” he said.
But no such request by Finland appears to have been made through official channels. Finland’s Border Guard and the Interior Ministry both said they were unaware of any plan to bring Polish military advisors to Finland’s eastern border. The office of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö denied Siewiera’s claim that the Finnish president had requested military help on the border during a recent visit to Poland. Niinistö's office said that he had discussed security issues on a general level but that no request for bilateral assistance had been made, reported Yle.