This post was published in Politros by Viktor Butkevich. The point of view expressed in this article is authorial and do not necessarily reflect BM`s editorial stance.
BEIJING, (BM) – Recently, Russia has been working closely on building a system for monitoring air, sea and underwater space in the Arctic.
Long-time opponents of Moscow, the United States and Great Britain, all of a sudden for themselves, helped the Russian Federation test this system, and for free.
According to media authors from the Middle Kingdom, the invasion of three missile destroyers by the US Navy and the British frigate in the Barents Sea was an excellent way for Russia to test its ability to protect its own interests in the Arctic.
“Russia’s Northern Fleet has deployed troops to monitor the operations of NATO ships and has closed part of the sea for military exercises using live ammunition,” Chinese experts say.
They are convinced: despite the fact that Russia expressed dissatisfaction with the appearance of ships of the American and Baltic fleets in its “backyard”, in fact, this appearance of NATO in the Barents Sea was very useful for Moscow.
Firstly, it tested its monitoring system for foreign ships completely free of charge, and secondly, it made it clear to the North Atlantic Alliance that it was able to protect its own interests. In turn, the United States does not intend to retreat from confrontation with Russia.
“Their visit to the Barents Sea shows that the Pentagon’s overall strategy is not changing, and Washington is still focused on confrontation with Russia,” the authors of Sohu say.
Nevertheless, wanting to scare Moscow, the Americans gave her an unexpected gift, and this was definitely not part of their plans. And Russia was able to turn the situation unpleasant for itself in its favor.
It is worth noting that the Arctic region has become more and more interested in the United States in recent years, especially after they learned about Moscow’s plans to use this region as a shortcut for delivering goods from Asia to Europe. Such a prospect promises Russia considerable benefits, but the United States is by no means happy.
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Original source: National Interest