US announced plans to build up military presence in the Arctic
The United States no longer conceals its plans for the Arctic; in the coming years, Washington intends to increase not only military, but also commercial activity in this region with the involvement of other NATO countries.
NATO's Supreme Commander in Europe Tod Walters said NATO has plans to increase its military presence in the Arctic. First of all, the alliance, or rather the United States, wants to ensure "safe navigation" in international waters. Judging by the latest statements, the US and NATO consider the Northern Sea Route to be these "international waters".
According to the American general, Russia and China allegedly violate the international rules of free navigation, besides, Russia is "militarizing the Arctic." The same opinion is shared by the Pentagon, where they directly declare that the Arctic is a region where the United States is fighting for resources with Russia. Given that the melting ice is freeing more and more water space, Washington predicts that this struggle will intensify.
Without delay, the Pentagon has already established a regional center for Arctic security research, which will study the problems associated with the Arctic region. The report says the center will become a new place "for cooperation and promotion of common interests for the sake of a peaceful and prosperous Arctic."
The Russian Ministry of Defense notes the increased activity of the United States and NATO in the Arctic near the Russian borders. As stated in the General Staff, Russia is ready to protect its interests in the region.
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