Finnish border guard service worker Lieutenant Colonel Jaakko Ritola did not reject outright the possibility that the bikers might be let through, noting only that they would be subject to normal border checks, Finland's Yle has explained.
"Every time a border check is made, this takes into account the full situation of that particular case, and therefore it’s not possible to say in advance who will be able to cross the border and who won’t," Ritola noted. The official noted that Finnish border officials have been following the story of the bikers' travails in the media, adding that they have shown particular interest in "how other border authorities in other Schengen countries have responded to this issue."
On Tuesday, Finnish Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen told Yle that the country's border services have requested more information from Polish authorities about why the Russian bikers were refused passage through the country.
The bikers had initially hoped that in the event that they were not allowed to cross the border as a convoy, they could enter separately across several locations. However, the Polish border guards dashed their hopes; spokesman Dariusz Sienicki explained Monday that "these people will not cross into Poland," adding that each of them had received a separate refusal.
The rally to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany started Saturday in Moscow. About four dozen members of the Night Wolves motorcycle club had planned to visit several European countries before finishing the journey on May 9 in Berlin, laying flowers at the monument to Soviet soldiers in Treptow Park.