Russia starts building military bases near Finnish border
Satellite imagery shows that Russia has begun to set up military bases in Petrozavodsk and the Alakurtti garrison near the Finnish border
Yle reported the information.
Satellite imagery shows that large hangars for maintenance and storage of equipment have been built in these two settlements. Nevertheless, according to the outlet, more and more equipment from Petrozavodsk is being transferred to the front in Ukraine.
Yle emphasizes that this is the first such activity in many years, as Russia has not invested in these border garrisons before. The outlet also reminds that Russia has repeatedly threatened to respond to Finland and Sweden's membership in NATO.
In December last year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia plans to strengthen its armed forces near the Finnish border, and last month he again mentioned his threat.
Defense Minister Antti Häkkinen, in turn, believes that the new military bases do not pose a threat to Finland.
- In August, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the threats to his country's security from Poland and Finland, which recently became a NATO member, had allegedly multiplied.