Russia to Station Troops and Weapons near Finnish Border, Putin Says

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.13 - 2024 1:54 PM CET

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Russia moves soldiers and weapons to the border with Finland.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced plans to deploy additional soldiers and weaponry along the border with Finland. This decision comes in response to Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO, a move spurred by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

russian President Vladimir Putin interprets a possible expansion of NATO as a threat to Russia that must be prevented. With his attack on Ukraine, he himself contributed to two new countries, Sweden and Finland, joining NATO.

As a result, Putin has now announced the deployment of additional troops and weapons systems on the border with Finland.

According to Putin, joining NATO was an “absolutely pointless step” that did not correspond to Finland’s national interests. The President expressed his views on the matter in an interview on Russian state television broadcast late Tuesday evening.

Before this decision in Helsinki, Russian-Finnish relations were ideal, as Putin called it.

The new NATO members Finland and Sweden After the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, Finland and Sweden applied to join the Western military alliance; Both states are now members.

Putin criticized the move as a purely political consideration that contributed to the deterioration of bilateral relations. Joining NATO has made no contribution to improving security.

"We didn't have troops there, now there will be troops there." There were no weapon systems, now some will appear,” he announced.

In the interview, Putin also once again attacks the West (“Western elites have behaved parasitically towards other peoples for centuries”) and boasts about Russia’s nuclear weapons.

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