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Norway intends to send armored unit to Russian border in Arctic north
15:14, 14 October 2017
Norway intends to send armored unit to Russian border in Arctic north

The Ministry of Defence of Norway made the decision as the security situation has become less predictable

15:14, 14 October 2017

Unian

Norway intends to send an armored battalion to Russian border in the Arctic north, as well as buy more tanks and artillery to respond to the growing threats, according to Reuters.

Minister of Defence of Norway Ine Eriksen Soereide didn’t mention Russia and said she did not see a specific, current military threat.

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She added that the security situation has become more challenging and less predictable.

According to the plan, the an armored battalion will be placed in the remote Porsanger district, in the far north of the country, and not far away from the Russian border.

The Ministry of Defence is planning to invest more money into arms, and extend the military service from 12 to 16 months for certain servicemen.

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The NATO countries have grown uneasy about Russia since its occupation of the Ukrainian Crimea in 2014, and the ongoing military intervention in the Eastern Ukraine.

The Russian-Belarusian military drills West-2017 added concerns, as more soldiers participated in the drills than had been stated and it is generally believed the drills trained for an offensive, even though the organizers claimed the drills’ were designed for defence.

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