Washington Revives Cold War Games In The Arctic
The United States Doesn’t Recognize Russian Territorial Claims Along The Northern Sea Passage
The United States, which as an Arctic nation refuses to recognize Russia’s right to use the Northern Sea Passage and disputes some of its territorial claims, has been increasing activities in Alaska, and intensifying its presence in the Arctic regions.
The US lacks icebreaker ships and instead is deploying submarines and aircraft to monitor the Northern Sea Passage, which Russia and China consider an important new trade corridor from Asia to Europe. According to the US media, the US is reportedly using unmanned aerial vehicles and drones capable of operating in the Arctic.
As global warming creates greater opportunities to use the Arctic region, Washington plans to increase its presence there, including along the Northern Sea Passage. Military aircraft have already stepped up their activities. US military aircraft have been deployed to the Keflavik base in Iceland, which was shut down 15 years ago. The P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and the B-2 bombers have recently been stationed at the base, and now there also are the B-2 Spirit stealth bombers.
Military expert retired Colonel Vladimir Popov points out to Tass that “Russia’s S-400 Triumf air defense systems are on combat duty on the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago and anti-aircraft missile units equipped with the S-300 systems are deployed to the northern part of the Sakha region.” “They are capable of destroying not only US unmanned aerial vehicles but stealth bombers as well,” he added. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, military airfields are being established along the Northern Sea Route where interceptor aircraft are planned to be deployed.
“The Americans are forcing Russia to increase its military spending and spend more resources on ensuring the military security of the Northern Sea Route,” military expert retired Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Ovchinnikov noted. “However, I think that these expenses will be justified. The traffic of goods through Russia’s Arctic ports has grown this year,” he explained. According to the expert, the Arctic’s share in Russia’s port freight traffic currently stands at about 11%. “It’s not bad but there is hope that the Defense Ministry’s activities aimed at ensuring the Northern Sea Route’s safety will increase the trade volume.” Ovchinnikov said.
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