Confrontation in the northern region is escalating
According to unofficial data, on February 18-24, Russia is preparing to launch rockets in the North near Medvezhiy Island, near the borders of Norway. This is reported by the Twitter account “Notes of a Hunter”. It says that on the announced days, the airspace in the area will be closed to aviation flights for security reasons, since the area is a missile strike zone. It is reported that this data was confirmed by the representative of the Norwegian Ministry of Defense Brignar Stordal.
The Russian military does not officially comment on this information. However, according to sources “MK”, such events are being prepared and this region for missile launches was not chosen by chance. It is here that the American military has been showing increased activity recently, who are not satisfied with Russia’s successful economic activity in the Arctic.
Recently, Orland airfield in Norway, for the first time in the history of this country, became the home of four American supersonic bombers. Initially, the B-1 B Lancer aircraft were created as strategic carriers of nuclear weapons. Later, after the signing of the Russian-American agreements on the reduction of nuclear weapons, the aircraft were converted into conventional carriers capable of delivering high-precision weapons to remote parts of the world.
Today, the B-1 B Lancer is the main force of the American long-range bomber force. One such bomber can accommodate up to 24 cruise missiles with a range of up to 500 km. Link В-1 В Lancer in terms of striking power is comparable to an aircraft carrier strike group. That is why the approach of such aircraft to the Russian borders – and the Norwegian airfield Orland is located just 480 kilometers from the Northern Sea Route – is causing serious concern in the Russian military department. And not only.
Recently, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commented on the information on the arrival of B-1 B Lancer in Norway, assessing this step by the United States as a threat to security in the region. According to her, Washington has recently been too active in increasing its military activities directly on the northern borders of our country. B-1 bombers The Lancer, taking off from Orland, is planning to fly in international airspace beyond the Arctic Circle and off the north-western coast of Russia.
The European Command of the US Armed Forces announced its decision to relocate the B-1 B Lancer from Texas to Norwegian Orland on February 2 this year. True, the Americans immediately announced that the squadron would not be there on a permanent basis. For a start – just a month. However, experts at the University’s Center for Military Studies in Copenhagen believe that the arrival of these long-range bombers in Norway is part of a new US military strategy to contain Russia.
This strategy assumes that from now on, American military policy should become more flexible. The States no longer intend to keep large military contingents at military bases around the world. They plan to send their aircraft, ships and combat units for a short time to different parts of the world.
Norway, Russia’s closest northern neighbor, has already become one of these points. Representatives of the US and NATO troops are now increasingly appearing here. For example, the 5th generation F-35 Lightning II fighters of the Royal Air Force are also deployed at the same Orland airfield. Frequent guests there are also American AWACS E-3 Sentry aircraft, which also “on a rotational basis” arrive in Norway from an air base in Germany. A group of Boeing P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft is deployed nearby at the Norwegian base of Anneia, designed for reconnaissance, detection and destruction in areas patrolling enemy submarines.
The United States, of course, views Russia as an adversary in this region, which cannot remain unanswered on its part. So last week, Russian strategic Tu-160 bombers, accompanied by MiG-31 fighters (they can carry the latest hypersonic airborne missile systems “Dagger” – “MK”), conducted a twelve-hour patrol in the international airspace over the Barents, Norwegian and Greenland seas. In response to this, according to the operational headquarters of the armed forces of Norway, two F16 fighters were lifted from the airfield in Bodø “for emergency response”.
Such meetings near the borders of both countries, experts say, are happening more and more often. And not only in the air. This month, for example, in the area of the Norwegian city of Setermoen, a training exercise was held for US marines from the rotary forces in Europe, where the tactical actions of special forces to control army all-terrain vehicles in the harsh Arctic conditions were practiced.
And now, judging by the messages on Twitter, Russia is going to launch missiles in the coming days near its northern borders off the coast of Norway. As military analysts note, the question of “who is the boss in the Arctic” is becoming acute literally before our eyes. The military escalation in the Arctic region is growing every day.