The US coast guard concerned about Russia’s military presence in the Arctic


RIA Novosti

The U.S. coast guard are concerned about the increasing military presence of Russia in the Arctic region, said to RIA Novosti, the commander of the service Floor Zukunft.

“Now we observe that there takes place a certain scheme. It causes concern because we don’t know what’s the goal,” said Zukunft.

In October, US special representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp stated that Russia’s actions in the Arctic are of a defensive nature.

In recent years Russia has begun active economic development of its Northern territories, including hydrocarbon production and development of the Northern sea route, which is increasingly becoming an alternative to traditional routes from Europe to Asia. To protect Russian interests in the Arctic sent a package of measures, including military nature, given the increased attention to the region from the countries-members of NATO.