The United States is afraid of the “militarization” of the Arctic by the Russian Federation, a senior representative of the US administration told reporters after the summit in Geneva.
“There are two concerns. One is the steps that we have seen Russia take, which show that it is interested in more militarization of the region, and we believe that this is directly contrary to our stated wishes – to ensure that the Arctic remains a region of peaceful cooperation,” he said onboard the presidential plane Joe Biden.
“A separate, though related, issue is the Northern Sea Route. Because the ice is melting so fast and because we are now traveling much more time a year, this will cause an increase in traffic, and this, in turn, can potentially lead to a greater possibility of incidents, misunderstandings, miscalculations,” he added.