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DEFESA: Esquadra do Norte da Rússia infographic

Rússia desenvolve a sua Esquadra do Norte

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February 26, 2019 -- A Rússia está a expandir a sua Esquadra do Norte na península de Kola,
com novas bases, melhorando as antigas e erguendo instalações para
mísseis de cruzeiro e balísticos lançados de submarino.

As Russia bolsters its efforts to secure and tap the Arctic, both the UK and the U.S. have vowed to meet its “challenge” and stop Russia dominating the High North.

“It’s nobody's lake,” said Adm. James Foggo, the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Joint Forces Command Naples. “It should have free and fair access to, certainly, all the Arctic Council nations — of which we are a member,” the Washington Examiner reported.

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also joined the chorus of warnings, saying Britain would “stay vigilant” by “sharpening our skills in sub-zero conditions, learning from longstanding allies like Norway or monitoring submarine threats with our Poseidon aircraft.”

The comments come as it Norway’s Intelligence Service revealed on February 11 that Russia mounted a dramatic simulated attack on a Norwegian Arctic radar installation at Vardo last year. The Director, Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde, said the mock attack happened in February 2018.

The service also severely criticised Russian jamming of GPS signals during NATO’s Trident Juncture military exercise in October and November.

The Kremlin has denied the accusation and said it had nothing to do with the jamming.

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