US and Britain see the Arctic as a theater of war
Washington and London continue to look for opportunities to exert pressure on the Russian Federation in the Arctic and on every occasion they openly declare it. So, US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaking before the graduates of the Coast Guard Academy in June announced intention to establish US year-round military presence in the Arctic to counteract Russian influence. Undoubtedly, the very fact of such statements as well as practical actions strengthens geopolitical tensions and impedes the normalization of international relations.
Commenting on the statement of the American politician Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman M.V. Zakharova stressed: “All US actions once again testify to the outlined change in the American approach to the Arctic. Judging by militant rhetoric the line on transforming the region into a theater of military operations and on the escalation of tensions becomes dominative”. Indeed, the White House cooperates with six countries of the Arctic Council in the field of defense, intends to increase the number of military exercises in the north and regularly sends its military contingent to the Arctic countries. All these actions adversely affect the development of the geopolitical situation in the region and increase tensions in international relations.
The UK as an ally of the United States adheres to the same rhetoric. In particular, on July 2 at the Royal Institute of International Relations (Chatham House) was held a meeting where the British experts said that Russia was seeking to regain the status of a great power by increasing its presence in the Arctic and thus threatens the interests countries of NATO or its allies especially Norway and Finland. In this regard the report states: "It is time to reset all of Russia's claims to the northern territory that Moscow has lost since the collapse of the USSR." But in fact, London not being a subarctic state is also actively sending its units to Scandinavia under the pretext of the need to contain Russia. However, these actions only aggravate the situation and lead to an escalation of the conflict.
Thus, the USA and the UK are trying to change the balance of power in the region by increasing its military presence, create new contradictions and provoke Russia to respond.