Is Russia a threat to the Arctic?

The Guardian, April 17:

Russia says it is “concerned” about increased activity of Nato forces in the Arctic and sees risks of “unintended incidents” occurring in the region, Reuters reports.

The news agency cited the TASS news agency, which carried quotes from Russian ambassador-at-large Nikolai Korchunov on Sunday. “The recent increase in Nato’s activity in the Arctic is a cause for concern. Another large-scale military exercise of the alliance was recently held in northern Norway. In our view, this does not contribute to the security of the region,” Korchunov said.

According to Korchunov, such activity raises the risk of “unintended incidents”, which, in addition to security risks, can also cause serious damage to the Arctic ecosystem. He did not specify what type of incident he might be referring to.

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