EU country builds massive underground CITY to prepare for Russia invasion
Nine million cubic metres of passageways will fit all 600,000 residents of the capital should there be an invasion.
Russia is currently preparing to conduct its Zapad 2017 military exercise, the largest since the end of the cold war.
Russian troops, directed by Moscow, will carry out drills close to the Finnish borders and unease is spreading.
In Europe, Nato allies fear President Vladimir Putin’s true intentions leading to ”serious doubts Moscow is revealing the true extent of its military exercises”.
It has now been revealed Finnish soldiers are carrying out training to deal with a mass evacuation.
The City Planning Department has said parts of the network are highly classified, while other areas are for the people.
In March, soldiers carried out an exercise which was designed to prepare for a siege on the city.
Neighbouring Estonia has already voiced major concerns over Putin’s practice close to their country.
Finnish authorities have built tunnels under the capital city over Russia invasion fears
Non-NATO Finland is taking no chances.
A former official in the Finnish Defense Ministry told the Wall Street Journal: “The soldiers make sure we will have the advantage underground if they ever come to us wanting a fight.”
Vladimir Putin previously voiced major disdain when it was suggested Finland join Nato.
A Helsinki City Planning document states the tunnels, which date back to the 60s will be ready when needed.
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It states: “The Underground Master Plan contains 40 new areas reserved as rock resources and 100 new space allocations for future rock construction.
“Approximately 9 million cubic metres, consisting of about 400 separate facilities or tunnels, have already been built under the city.
“The more important facilities are listed and classified by theme in connection with the Helsinki Underground Master Plan.”
Much of the underground network is open to the public, and contains facilities such as swimming pools, ice hockey rinks and car parks.
In June Finland agreed protocols which meant it would call on NATO to help defend it in the event of an invasion. _ Express
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