The US fears Russia’s “militarization” of the Arctic

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow does not accept claims about the growth of military potential in the Arctic, as it only restores the infrastructure of the USSR.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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