Russian forces appear to be moving nuclear-capable missiles towards Finland’s border after the Nordic nation officially announced its intention to join NATO to seek national security in light of the Ukrainian war that is entering its 83rd day.
A video posted to social media showed what is believed to be convoy of seven Iskander missiles reportedly travelling to the western Russian town of Vyborg.
The driver behind the vehicle could be heard providing commentary in the dash cam footage suggesting President Putin ordered the deployment of the deadly weapons after Finland’s announcement to become a member of NATO.
“As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining NATO, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them … is moving towards Vyborg,” the man reportedly said.
“All the equipment is new, Ural trucks are driving it. So, get ready Finns, to join NATO.
“New Urals, seven Iskanders, looks like a new military unit is being formed – well done.”
Iskander missiles have a range of 500 kilometres and can be fitted with a range of warheads including the devastating thermobaric bombs that sucks in surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion as well as nuclear weapons.
The Russian dictator previously suggested Finland, Sweden and NATO will face “consequences” if they “worsen the situation” in Ukraine.
The move comes after Finland confirmed its intentions to join the 30-member alliance to strengthen its national security over concerns of the Ukraine war.
Overnight, Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced it will follow its neighbour to seek NATO membership after a parliamentary debate in the capital.
“We will inform NATO that we want to become a member of the alliance,” she said to lawmakers on Monday.
“Sweden needs formal security guarantees that come with membership in NATO.”
The Nordic countries’ decisions have surprisingly appeared to not anger President Putin after the two neutral nations overlooked 200 years of military nonalignment.
He said Finland and Russia joining NATO would not pose a direct threat to Russia but warned the West against moving weapons into the two nations.
“As for the expansion (of NATO), including through new members of the alliance — Finland, Sweden — Russia wants to inform you that it has no problems with these states,” the reportedly ill leader said at the Collective Security Treaty Organisation on Monday.
“Therefore, in this sense, expansion on account of these countries does not pose a direct threat to Russia.”
Over the weekend President Putin argued it would be a “mistake” for Finland to join NATO.
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