“The Arctic zone is a very important region of the Russian Federation, which applies both to our borders and to our special economic zone. The economic potential grows from year to year, you know that there are general plans for national development in the Arctic zone, and all of this is being implemented consistently, “said Peskov.
Satellite images provided to CNN by the space technology company Maxar detail a severe and continuing build-up of Russian military bases and hardware on the country’s Arctic coast, along with underground storage facilities likely for new high-tech weapons and the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo. .
This unmanned stealth torpedo is powered by a nuclear reactor and designed by Russian designers to sneak past coastal defenses, like those of the United States, to the bottom of the sea.
Russian hardware in the Upper North area includes MiG31BM bombers and jets, and new radar systems off the coast of Alaska.
“Nobody wants to see the Arctic as a militarized region,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday, addressing reports of the build-up of Russian military capabilities in the Arctic.
“We obviously recognize that the region is a key terrain that is vital for the defense of our own homeland, and as a potential strategic corridor between Indo-Pacific Europe and the homeland, which would make it vulnerable to expanded competition, so to speak. “, He said.
“We are committed to protecting your US national security interests in the Arctic by maintaining a rules-based order in the region, particularly through our network of Arctic allies and partners who share the same mutual interest as we do in exactly that order, “Kirby added.
Regarding those concerns, Peskov said that “it should not be forgotten that the United States has never given up its military presence in the Arctic area, it has never weakened its attention to the Arctic area.”
The Russian build-up has been matched by NATO and US troop and equipment movements. American B-1 Lancer bombers stationed at the Norwegian Ørland airbase have recently completed missions in the eastern Barents Sea, for instance. US officials acknowledged in August that the US military’s stealth submarine Seawolf was in the area.