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    Russia militarizes Arctic Circle as US set on leaving nuclear treaty

    November 17 , 2017 - Fort Russ News - 

    Russia is building up a military presence in the Arctic, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Die Welt .

    According to him, the Russian Federation has reopened the 'canned' Soviet military bases, deployed new radars and weapons, and is replenishing and modernizing its fleet of icebreakers. Stoltenberg also noted that the "West-2017" exercises held in September were partially held in the Arctic circle. 

    This information is confirmed by Russia's Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu. 

    "The allies are following closely the developments of Russian troops in the Arctic. The alliance confirms that any disagreements and territorial disputes between Russia and neighboring countries will be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy," the NATO Secretary General said.

    Earlier it became known that Russia plans to respond to the likely US withdrawal from the INF Treaty by placing ballistic missiles in the Arctic. Later, the Ministry of Defense announced its intention to create a new air defense division, which will also be based in the Arctic region.

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