NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia has significantly increased its military presence in the Arctic. This was reported by Deutsche Welle.
According to the Secretary General of the Alliance, Russia actively opens a mothballed military base since the USSR, places new weapons and radars, as well as putting into operation a new fleet of icebreakers. The September exercises “West-2017” was partially conducted in the far North, he added.
“The allies are closely watching the buildup of Russian troops in the Arctic. The Alliance relies on the fact that any dispute and territorial disputes between Russia and neighbouring States will be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy,” said NATO Secretary General.
In the spring of 2017, the defense Ministry reported that restores the polar network of airfields in the Arctic and completing the construction of military camps. Moscow has also announced its intention to expand in the Arctic, two new anti-aircraft missile system s-400 Triumph. And in 2016 completed the construction of a major military base “Arctic Shamrock” in the Land of Franz Joseph.
In October 2015, the Ministry of defence of the aggressor state of Russia announced the creation of a large-scale military bases in the Arctic, located on the 80th parallel of the Northern hemisphere, where 150 soldiers want to live and work within one and a half years.