Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended this Monday that the Eurasian country’s military activity in the Arctic was “legal” and “legitimate”, despite acknowledging that there were “complaints” about Moscow’s military operation in the region.
“We are seeing complaints about the fact that Russia is using military activity in the Arctic,” Lavrov said at a press conference with his counterpart in Sierra Leone, David John Francis.
“Everyone was aware for a long time that this is our territory, our country. We are responsible for ensuring that our Arctic coast is safe and that everything our country does there is absolutely legal and legitimate,” he added Sputnik Agency.
On the other hand, Lavrov has pointed out NATO’s activities in the Arctic and stressed that the situation may be slightly different when the organism tries to “justify its offensive”. In these circumstances, “questions addressed to Russia’s neighbors such as Norway” also arise. We will of course speak openly about this at the ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, “has made progress.
The US Air Force has stepped up its strategic bomber missions in the Arctic as part of a broader Pentagon strategy to combat Russia and China in the region. In early April, the US Department of Defense warned that it would defend its security interests in the Arctic against military activities and infrastructure construction by Russia.
The warning came after CNN television released pictures showing an increase in the Russian military presence in the Arctic.
For its part, Russia condemned the entry of a US submarine into a Norwegian port near the national border in mid-May. Russia rejects the continued militarization of Norway and its allies in the military bloc, believing that such activities increase tensions in Europe and pose a threat to peace in the Arctic.