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Updated: Russia reinforces troops near Norway. The Russian military says it is placing troops in the Kola Peninsula close to the Norwegian border. Soldiers attached to the new mobile brigade in Pechenga, expected to be ready for combat later on this year, are to get special Arctic warfare training. Exercises will  be based on studies by Russian military planners of how Arctic troops in Finland and Norway operate. Military representatives tell Russian Internet publication Vzgljad.ru that the new unit, potentially numbering up to 8,000 troops, will add to the existing 200th Motorised Infantry Brigade, as well a marine infantry brigade stationed in the Pechanga area. The town, approximately 10 kilometres away from the Norwegian border, is also situated 50 kilometres southeast of Norway’s Kirkenes.

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Updated: Russia reinforces troops near Norway

Published on Friday, 1st April, 2011 at 09:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st April 2011 at 21:06.

The Russian military says it is placing troops in the Kola Peninsula close to the Norwegian border.

Swedish Arctic Rangers (illustration photo)
Swedish Arctic Rangers (illustration photo)
Photo: Joakim Sandberg,luleå/Wikimedia Commons


Soldiers attached to the new mobile brigade in Pechenga, expected to be ready for combat later on this year, are to get special Arctic warfare training. Exercises will  be based on studies by Russian military planners of how Arctic troops in Finland and Norway operate.

Military representatives tell Russian Internet publication Vzgljad.ru that the new unit, potentially numbering up to 8,000 troops, will add to the existing 200th Motorised Infantry Brigade, as well a marine infantry brigade stationed in the Pechanga area. The town, approximately 10 kilometres away from the Norwegian border, is also situated 50 kilometres southeast of Norway’s Kirkenes.

The move is part of a larger military plan approved by President Dimitri Medvedev and the Security Council of Russia, according to several Russian media, and is designed to defend its oil and gas interests in the region.

The Arctic contains as much as a fourth of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves, and US experts predict global warming could leave the area ice-free as early as 2030.

Similar actions have also been undertaken by the US and Canada. Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes Head of the Army, General Colonel Aleksander Postnikov, told delegates at meeting of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defence and Security in March it is “to balance the situation.”

In an email statement to The Foreigner, a press spokesperson for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence writes, "We are informed about the plans for the establishment of an Arctic brigade in Pechenga, close to the Norwegian-Russian border. An enhancement of Russian capability to operate in the Arctic has been presented as part of their Arctic strategy, and the establishment of a brigade equipped for operating in the Arctic is seen as being part of implementing this strategy. We do not know when the brigade will be established and operational. We will follow the progress of the modernisation of Russian forces close to Norway."



Published on Friday, 1st April, 2011 at 09:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st April 2011 at 21:06.

This post has the following tags: pechenga, kolapeninsula, russianarcticinterests, norwegianborder, militarypresence.





  
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