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NATO plans to discuss increasing Russia's military capabilities in the Arctic

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NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said that the countries of the alliance at the June summit will discuss Russia's military buildup in the Arctic, according to the media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).
According to Lungescu, Russia is now expanding its military capabilities in the Arctic more than at any time since the Cold War. Russia has significantly upgraded its northern fleet, including all submarines, she said. In addition, Lungescu notes, the Russian Federation is introducing new weapons systems, including the Poseidon underwater drone, which can be equipped with nuclear ammunition, new radar installations and a new icebreaker fleet.
The NATO summit will be held on June 14 in Brussels. According to the Secretary General of the alliance, the summit will discuss current issues of NATO's activities, as well as the alliance's agenda until 2030, including "Russia's aggressive actions, the threat of terrorism, cyber attacks, new and malicious technologies, the impact of climate change on security, as well as the growth of China."
The US military and diplomats have repeatedly stated that they are concerned about the growing influence of Russia in the Arctic. Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that a "new theater of conflict" could arise in the Arctic due to the growing role of Russia.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia's actions in the Arctic do not contradict international law and do not threaten anyone, and tensions in the region are growing due to US military activity. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted, the presence in the Arctic is a necessary element of Russia's military construction, the United States does not give up its presence in the Arctic, and Russia should not ignore this important region.
In March 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree "On the fundamentals of the State policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic for the period up to 2035". According to the document, Russia's main interests in the Arctic are ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, preserving the Arctic as a territory of peace, stable and mutually beneficial partnership, and ensuring a high quality of life and well - being of the population of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.
We are also talking about the development of the Arctic zone as a strategic resource base and its rational use to accelerate economic growth, the development of the Northern Sea Route as a competitive national transport communication on the world market. In addition, the document focuses on the protection of the environment, the protection of the native habitat and the traditional way of life of indigenous peoples. In October 2020, Putin signed the strategy for the development of the Russian Arctic zone and ensuring national security until 2035.NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said that the countries of the alliance at the June summit will discuss Russia's military buildup in the Arctic, according to the media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).
According to Lungescu, Russia is now expanding its military capabilities in the Arctic more than at any time since the Cold War. Russia has significantly upgraded its northern fleet, including all submarines, she said. In addition, Lungescu notes, the Russian Federation is introducing new weapons systems, including the Poseidon underwater drone, which can be equipped with nuclear ammunition, new radar installations and a new icebreaker fleet.
The NATO summit will be held on June 14 in Brussels. According to the Secretary General of the alliance, the summit will discuss current issues of NATO's activities, as well as the alliance's agenda until 2030, including "Russia's aggressive actions, the threat of terrorism, cyber attacks, new and malicious technologies, the impact of climate change on security, as well as the growth of China."
The US military and diplomats have repeatedly stated that they are concerned about the growing influence of Russia in the Arctic. Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that a "new theater of conflict" could arise in the Arctic due to the growing role of Russia.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia's actions in the Arctic do not contradict international law and do not threaten anyone, and tensions in the region are growing due to US military activity. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted, the presence in the Arctic is a necessary element of Russia's military construction, the United States does not give up its presence in the Arctic, and Russia should not ignore this important region.
In March 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree "On the fundamentals of the State policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic for the period up to 2035". According to the document, Russia's main interests in the Arctic are ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, preserving the Arctic as a territory of peace, stable and mutually beneficial partnership, and ensuring a high quality of life and well - being of the population of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.
We are also talking about the development of the Arctic zone as a strategic resource base and its rational use to accelerate economic growth, the development of the Northern Sea Route as a competitive national transport communication on the world market. In addition, the document focuses on the protection of the environment, the protection of the native habitat and the traditional way of life of indigenous peoples. In October 2020, Putin signed the strategy for the development of the Russian Arctic zone and ensuring national security until 2035.

Source: https://ria.ru/20210503/arktika-1730967459.html

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