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The incident in the Kerch Strait could be repeated in the Arctic

23.12.2018 17:36

US actions to "ensure freedom" of maritime navigation in areas claimed by Russia may provoke a repetition of the incident in the Kerch Strait. This is stated in the material of the German edition of Telepolis.

It is noted that Russia intends to tighten control over its coastal waters for military and economic reasons. The expansion of the Russian military presence in the Arctic has been taking place since 2013 - military air and naval bases appear there, and new icebreakers are being built, the publication points out.

At the same time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier that the alliance would respond to the Russian military presence in the Arctic, increasing its presence in the region. In addition, the commander of the Second Fleet of the US Navy, Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis said that the Americans will also be able to act in disputed territories.

However, the “Kerch incident” showed that Moscow “will react more aggressively” if it has to defend its interests. In this regard, this can happen in the Arctic and other seas, the author of the article believes.

Three ships of the Ukrainian Navy on November 25 violated the state border of Russia and were detained.