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After the country’s application to join NATO, Putin is moving nuclear-capable missiles to Finland

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Finland’s bid to join NATO has panicked Vladimir Putin into using his forces to move nuclear-capable missiles towards Russia’s border with Finland amid fears of another invasion

A chilling video shows Vladimir Putin using his forces to move nuclear-capable missiles towards Russia’s border with Finland amid fears of the latter joining NATO.

A video released yesterday (Monday, May 16) allegedly shows the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles from a highway en route to Vyborg, a western Russian city near the Finnish border.

A comment on a dashcam video says seven ballistic missile systems were en route to the city, just 24 miles from the Finnish border.

The footage emerged just after Helsinki officially announced its bid to join NATO, a move Russian President Putin has long opposed.

Russian state television earlier said Moscow will deploy nuclear weapons on its European borders should Nordic nations Finland and Sweden establish military bases on their territory.

They said: “When NATO bases appear in Sweden and Finland, Russia will have no choice but to neutralize the imbalance and the new threat of using tactical nuclear weapons.”

The Russian leader also said they would face “consequences” if they “worse the situation” in Ukraine.

“As soon as the President of Finland said that they are joining NATO, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them … move towards Vyborg,” said the voice in the video, which was uploaded to the VHCK-OGPU channel.

“Looks like a new military unit is being formed in Vyborg or the region. All the equipment is new, Ural trucks drive on 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, leaders of Finland and Sweden reaffirmed their intention to join NATO, marking a historic foreign policy shift sparked by Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine.

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

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said: “A new era is beginning. A protected Finland is born as part of a stable, strong and responsible Nordic region. We gain security and we also share it. It’s good to remember that security is not 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 were already used in the Ukraine war. They are capable of carrying cluster munitions or enhanced-yield warheads.

Timothy Wright, a research analyst at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, told Newsweek that they “can target and destroy exactly what’s being shot at.”

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

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