After the Finnish Prime Minister’s statement, Russia started deploying heavy weapons to the Finland border
As reported by Army Recognition, heavy weapons, including missile systems, started to be deployed to the Finnish border immediately after Russia warned its border neighbour Finland not to join NATO. In an unconfirmed video, the Russian Army’s K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defense missile system, which is effective against two surface ships, allegedly moved on the road to Helsinki on the Russian side of the border.
Russian military activity on the Finnish-Russian border began after Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin expressed the expectation that discussions on the NATO Alliance membership application would be concluded before mid-summer. The data obtained from the public opinion poll revealed that the population who considers Russia as a serious military threat constitutes 84% of the population, and this ratio has increased by 24% compared to the previous year, with the effect of the Russia-Ukraine war.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, declared that the movement along the border would not threaten European security and warned Finland with a veiled threat, in his press statement on the developments. Along with Peskov’s statements, Russian senator Vladimir Dzhabarov continued his rhetoric that increased the tension, saying that if Finland joined the NATO Alliance, it would be the destruction of Finland.