The US Department of Defense warned on Monday that it will defend its security interests in the Arctic to resist Russian military activities and infrastructure construction. “Nobody is interested in the militarized Arctic”Pentagon spokesman John Kirby emphasized at a press conference on Monday that he pledged that the United States would follow Russia’s activities “very closely.”
The department warned: “As the ice melts in the Arctic, it is seeking new navigation options and removing natural obstacles that Russia used to protect its own interests.” He also stated that Russia is trying to pass “The renovation of the airport in the Soviet era, the expansion of its air defense missile system network And coastal areas, and strengthen their anti-traffic and area denial capabilities. “
In this regard, Kirby pointed out that the area It is a “critical terrain” and “important” for US national defense, and has a “potential strategic corridor” In the Indo-Pacific, between Europe and the United States.
A Pentagon spokesperson said: “We are committed to safeguarding the Arctic’s national security interests by maintaining a rule-based order in the region, especially through our network of Arctic allies and partners that have the same interests as us.” The United States has three goals in this region: “Defend the homeland, ensure that public areas remain free and open, and Compete when necessary to maintain a favorable balance of regional power”, According to the “2019 Arctic Strategy” report released by the US Department of Defense.
“Strategic competitors may engage in malicious or coercive activities in the Arctic in order to promote their goals. The Department of Defense must be prepared to protect the national security interests of the United States, Take appropriate action in the Arctic to maintain the balance of power Collect the same documents in the “Indo-Pacific and Europe Favorable” region.
The U.S. warning is after the chain CNN Images released on Monday showed that Russia’s military presence in the Arctic has increased.According to reports, weapons experts and U.S. officials have both stated His attention to the “super weapon” “Poseidon 2M39” torpedoes of Eurasian countriesPowered by nuclear reactors, designed to bypass coastal defense facilities such as the United States.
According to a CNN report, satellite images detail the accumulation of Russian military bases and equipment along the Arctic coast. And the underground storage facility of “Poseidon 2M39” And other high-tech weapons.