Saturday, April 23, 2011

NORWAY - Russia is preparing its forces for Arctic warfare

Russia will seriously strengthen its military brigade Petchenga on the Kola Peninsula, a dozen kilometers from the Norwegian border, reports the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. The new brigade has 4,000 soldiers who will be specially trained to fight in difficult weather conditions in order to defend Russian interests in Arctic areas.

It is estimated that up to 25% of methane resources are found in Arctic waters. In a commentary on the subject, Aftenposten states that "Large military forces may also be used - as leverage - in a political conflict or for real action." It does not express concern about Russian plans, but rather rent capacity to anticipate the big neighbor.

"We should take a leaf," he concludes.

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