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Russia Criticises Britain's 'Unjustified' Military Plans In Arctic

The Russian Embassy says plans by Britain to increase its military presence in the Arctic are unjustified.

Royal Marines and US Marine Cold Weather Training in Norway

Royal Marine and US Marines Cold Weather Training in Norway

Britain's plans to boost its military presence in the Arctic have been criticised by Russia.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson recently said at the Conservative Party Conference that Russia was:

"One of the greatest threats we face today. We will not let the Kremlin rewrite the outcome of the Cold War."

He spoke about a new Defence Arctic Strategy, strengthening Royal Marine cold weather training in Norway.

In August, Parliament's Defence Sub-Committee said "new efforts" were needed to be made to "regenerate" the UK's expertise in working in the region.

Eight hundred troops are due to deploy in 2019 to train alongside Norwegian forces.

But the Russian Embassy in London is objecting to Britain's plans to boost its military presence in the Arctic next year to counter increasing Russian aggression.

The Defence Secretary's remarks have prompted a warning from the Russian Embassy. The Embassy said in a press statement: "We call on British authorities, who have recently been actively promoting the concept of Global Britain, to pursue their ambitions in other fields.

"The unjustified British plans to build up its military presence in close proximity to Russia’s borders will only result in creating unnecessary tensions.

"Russia and other Arctic countries consider this region to be a space for constructive cooperation.

"There is no potential for conflict, nor should there be."