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"The Arctic is a harsh business." Military expert about the plans of the U.S. Navy

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The US has announced its intention to send warships to the Arctic. Member Of the expert Council of the military-industrial complex Viktor Murakhovsky radio Sputnik noted that without the support of the Russian US Navy will have to act at your own risk.

The us Navy plans to place patrol aircraft on the Aleutian Islands to monitor Russia's activities in the Arctic, the US Navy reported. Why do Americans need it, explained on radio Sputnik political scientist Eugene Ben.

The head of the US Navy Richard Spencer said that Washington in the summer will send to the Arctic warships to test their work in the high latitudes, according to USNI News.

In October 2018, Harry Truman became the first American aircraft carrier to cross the Arctic circle in 27 years. His campaign was part of a NATO exercise in Norway called Trident Juncture. The Alliance openly stated that the main goal is to check the combat capability of troops in a cold climate and training the transfer of large units.

As the newspaper notes, during the exercises "Harry Truman" did not experience any difficulties, but the escort ships did not show themselves in the best way.

According to Spencer, the last class of American ships equipped with steam systems to remove ice, were cruisers "Ticonderoga". More modern do not have this option.

Spencer urged to strengthen the requirements of the NATO joint command to operations in the Arctic.

The head of the US Navy also sarcastic about Russian activity in the region. The Kremlin has repeatedly stressed that the activities of Russian ships are carried out for research purposes and for rescue operations. "I think we should look for research and rescue operations there, too," Spencer said.

After he explained that it was an ironic comment and the real goal of the United States – to ensure freedom of navigation.

Member of the Expert Council of the Board of the Military-industrial Commission, military expert Viktor Murakhovsky radio Sputnik commented on the statement of the head of the US Navy.

"They (USA-ed.) have a program of action to ensure freedom of navigation. Basically, they swim in the southern seas, for example, pass the Taiwan Strait, near the bulk Islands, which are made in the South China sea... but now they decided to go by the Northern sea route, or rather not by the Northern sea Route, which partially passes in the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, and approximately parallel route, to check how much it is available for American ships. Well, we can say – the flag in their hands. I am not even sure that they will send a warship there, rather, some kind of icebreaker vessel, " said Victor Murakhovsky.

He noted that the Americans would be wise in this case to seek support from Russia.

"We have always offered not to risk foreign ships, including the military, but to pass the Northern sea route under our pilotage escort and, if necessary, accompanied by our icebreakers. Russia has the largest icebreaker fleet and the largest experience of passing the Northern sea Route. So, of course, we will not build barriers for the Americans, they have the right to swim in international waters. But if they do not turn to us for help and support, they will go at their own risk. The Arctic is a harsh business, anything can happen there, " the expert said.In the summer of 2018, the Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned about the threat of conflicts in the Arctic. German media later wrote that US actions to " ensure freedom of Maritime navigation "will be conducted in the areas claimed by Russia, and may lead to a repetition of the"Kerch incident".



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