Russia brings in more troops for drills in the Arctic, approaching Norwegian waters - "a worrying sign of greater assertiveness by its eastern neighbor, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday", as The Moscow Times wrote.
The outlet mentioned that Norway and Russia that share the border have both increased their military presence along NATO's northern flank following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.
"The anticipated Russian maneuvers follow a pattern in which Russia is operating and conducting military activity more frequently and further to the west," Norway's Defense Ministry said commenting on the drills off the coast of Nordland and Troms counties.
"Russia is acting in an increasingly assertive way in our immediate neighborhood. Norway is worried by this and will closely monitor the exercises," The Moscow Times quoted the authority.