With the military reinforcement of the Russian North Fleet, which recently became a military district on its own, the surveillance and defense needs along the Arctic Sea Route around Norway have increased considerably in recent years, in the last few years. point of returning to levels known during the Cold War. In addition, Moscow has made significant efforts to increase its military presence in the Arctic, both to protect the deployment of its fleet of nuclear missile submarines which, a few weeks ago, made a splash. leading a simultaneous firing exercise led by 3 SSBNs under the ice floe, than to protect and prepare the future Arctic trade route on which the Kremlin has great ambitions.
It is therefore not surprising in the announcement made by Ine Eriksen Søreide, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, that Oslo had signed the agreement referred to as the Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement, under which it authorized US forces to to deploy and to build permanent infrastructure at 3 air bases and a Norwegian naval base. This agreement, which has yet to be approved by the Norwegian parliament by the summer, will allow the US air and naval forces to use this infrastructure, and to deploy air and naval assets there, including ships and airplanes. combat, as well as drones, to augment NATO's response to the increase of Russian activity in this region.
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