NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Friday about Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic and China’s growing interest in that part of the world.
During a trip north of Canada, Stoltenberg noted that North America’s shortest route for Russian missiles and bombers is over the North Pole.
He said Russia had established a new Arctic command and opened hundreds of new and former Soviet-era Arctic military sites, including airfields and deep-water ports.
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“We see a significant Russian military build-up with new bases, new weapons systems, and also using High North as a test bed for our most advanced weapons, including hypersonic missiles,” said Stoltenberg, a Canadian in Cold Lake. Said at the military base. Alberta.
Stoltenberg also said that China has declared itself a “near Arctic” state. He said Beijing is planning to build the world’s largest icebreaker and is spending billions of dollars on energy, infrastructure and research projects in the north.
“Beijing and Moscow have also promised to intensify practical cooperation in the Arctic. This is part of a deeper strategic partnership that challenges our values and interests,” Stoltenberg said.
He also noted that climate change is making the Arctic more accessible to militaries and welcomed Canada’s recent announcement that it would increase its spending on defence.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demonstrated some of the spending and activities Canada is making in the north.
These include promises to allocate billions of dollars for new military equipment and capabilities, including plans to buy new fighter jets and a modernization of North America’s old NORAD early-warning system with Washington.
“Russia’s unfortunate, unfair decision to uphold the nearly 70 years of peace and stability of a rules-based order by attacking a peaceful neighbor has changed the way we see the Arctic,” Trudeau said. Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
27 August 2022