WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US recognizes Russia’s “legitimate interests” in the Arctic, but is concerned about the construction of the Russian military infrastructure in the region. This was announced during a telephone briefing by a representative of the State Department of high rank, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
According to him, Russia is promoting an agenda in the region that is contrary to the interests of the United States, its allies and partners.
“The US recognizes Russia’s legitimate interests in the Arctic, Russia is a member of the Arctic Council,” said the diplomat. “We are interacting with Russia and other Arctic countries on a number of issues, including oil spill response, search and rescue operations, [pollution control]. Work is ongoing, we want to continue it, we have no concern about this.”
“However, we are concerned about the construction of Russian military facilities in the Arctic. The Russian presence has grown significantly in recent years, the Arctic command has been created, airfields and other infrastructure have been restored. Deep sea ports, new military bases along the coast have been created, efforts are continuing to deploy air defense and missile systems, early radars detection.”, aslo the diplomat added.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the US Air Force command began to deploy to the Eielson air base in Alaska the 5th generation F-35A fighter jets, which will be part of the 354th fighter wing, belonging to the 11th Air Army in the North Pacific to keep an eye the Russian actions in the Arctic.
“It is planned that the base will receive two F-35A aircraft per month after the delivery of the first aircraft. It is expected that by December 2021, 54 planes and 1,300 people will be in Eielson,” the command of the US Air Force said.
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