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 Bombardeiros dos EUA colocados na Noruega infographic
A infografia mostra as últimas movimentações militares na região do Ártico.
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Rivalidade EUA-Rússia no Ártico aquece

By Jordi Bou

March 8, 2021 - Os EUA colocaram bombardeiros de longo raio de ação na Noruega pelaprimeira vez, acentuando os laços com os países nórdicos em respostaàs atividades militares e económicas russas no Ártico.

Four U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers arrived at Orland Airbase in central Norway on February 22 for what officials say is a “historic” deployment meant to familiarise U.S. airmen with new terrain.

The move is seen as a message to Moscow that the U.S. is ready to defend its allies in the strategically contested Arctic region.

Mounting tensions between the West and Russia, particularly since the 2014 Crimea crisis, has led both sides to beef up their militaries even in the remote High North, an area believed to be rich in natural resources and where the ice melt has opened up new shipping routes.

But this is not an isolated move. Norway has recently reopened a Cold War-era base, near Tromso, to facilitate access to U.S., UK and French nuclear submarines.

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Army is set to publish a new Arctic strategy, with plans for creating a new Arctic brigade and transforming the existing two-star headquarters of the Alaska command into an operational headquarters.

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PUBLISHED: 09/03/2021; STORY: Graphic News
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