The United Kingdom will increase its military contingent in the Arctic so as to protect NATO's north flank from Russia. Gavin Williamson, the Defense Secretary claimed that as he visited the camp of British Marines in Bardufoss military base in Norway.
The Telegraph quoted the official who said that the Cabinet developed a 10-years-long plan to grow the military presence in the Arctic, with up to a thousand Marines training there. In order to deter the activity of Russian submarines in the area, the UK will deploy a number of Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft there.
Williamson added that the current activity of the Russian subs in the Atlantic has grown ten times over the past years. In 2010, the Royal Fleet intercepted only one Russian submarine that approached the UK territorial waters; in 2017, the number of such incidents increased to 33.