Russian forces appear to have moved military vehicles near the country’s border with Finland in unverified footage.
The unconfirmed footage, shared online on Monday, showed at least two Russian military vehicles heading towards the border with Finland.
In the clip, shared on Twitter by user OSINTdefender, the vehicles appear to be K-300P Bastion-P, which are coastal defense missile systems.
Towards the end of the 43-second video, the person holding the camera focuses on a road sign indicating the direction of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
Since it was uploaded, the clip has been viewed some 465,600 times and commenters claimed it may have been shared as part of a Russian propaganda effort.
The video was shared on social media just hours after Russia warned its western neighbor against joining NATO.
According to US officials quoted by The temperature from London, Finland will aim to join NATO this summer.
Estonian and British officials have previously said Newsweek that the report was accurate. The Estonian official said Sweden and Finland attended a NATO meeting last week.
Finland, which gained independence from Russia in December 1917, long resisted joining the alliance, even at the height of the Cold War.
But Russia’s invasion of non-NATO Ukraine has led Finland and neighboring Sweden to reconsider their neutral stances toward the military alliance.
The Kremlin hit back Monday and warned both nations against joining the organization.
“We have repeatedly said that the alliance remains a confrontational tool and its further expansion will not bring stability to the European continent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry told reporters. Peskov.
Newsweek contacted Finnish national security officials for comment.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said earlier this month that the country would make a decision by late spring on whether to apply for NATO membership.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNN’s Dana Bash earlier this month that it was ultimately up to Finland whether or not to join the alliance.
He said: “We respect Finland’s sovereignty and territorial integrity to decide its own future.
“That’s exactly what Russia doesn’t respect, they’re actually trying to bully and say if Finland decides to join NATO there will be consequences.”
If Finland joined NATO, it would be a spectacular mistake for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has said the alliance poses a threat to the country.
He previously cited NATO’s eastern expansion as part of his justification for launching his invasion of Ukraine on February 24.