Putin moves nuclear-capable missiles towards Finland after its bid to join NATO

Horrifying video shows Vladimir Putin deploying his forces to move nuclear-capable missiles towards Russia's border with Finland amid fears over the latter joining NATO.

A video posted yesterday (Monday, May 16) purportedly shows the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles from a motorway on the way to Vyborg, a western Russian town close to the Finnish border.

Commentary on a dashcam video says that seven ballistic missile systems were on the way to the town just 24 miles from the Finnish border.

The footage emerged immediately after Helsinki formally announced its bid to join NATO, a move which Russian President Putin has long been opposed to.

Russian state television previously said that Moscow would deploy nuclear weapons to its European borders should Nordic nations Finland and Sweden set up military bases on their territory.

They said: "When NATO bases appear in Sweden and Finland, Russia will have no choice but to neutralise the imbalance and new threat by deploying tactical nuclear weapons.”

The Russian leader also said they will face "consequences" if they "worsen the situation" in Ukraine.

“As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining NATO, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them… is moving towards Vyborg,” said the voice on the video uploaded to the VHCK-OGPU channel.

“Looks like a new military unit is about to be formed in Vyborg or the region. 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.”

On Sunday evening, Finland and Sweden's leaders confirmed their intention to join NATO, marking a historic foreign policy shift that was triggered by Russia's bloody invasion of Ukraine.

The two countries previously had decades of military non-alignment, but will now formally submit a joint membership application to the 30-member alliance as soon as the decisions are ratified by their respective governments.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said: “A new era is opening. A protected Finland is being born as part of a stable, strong and responsible Nordic region. We gain security, and we also share it. It’s good to keep in mind that security isn’t a zero-sum game.”

Finland’s prime minister, Sanna Marin, said she hoped parliament would confirm the decision “in the coming days".

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Iskanders with conventional warheads have already been used in the war in Ukraine. They are capable of carrying cluster munitions or fuel-air explosive enhanced-blast warheads.

Timothy Wright, a research analyst with the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies told Newsweek that they can "accurately target and destroy what it is being fired at."

Putin has repeatedly warned both countries against joining NATO, saying the move obliges Russia to strengthen its defences in the Baltic Sea region.

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