Russia is facing a broad spectrum of potential threats in the Arctic region, Russian Defense Minister Army Gen. Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.
"A broad spectrum of potential challenges and threats to our national security is now being formed in the Arctic. Therefore, one of the defense ministry's priorities is to develop military infrastructure in this zone," Shoigu told senior defense officials.
An inter-service joint strategic command of the (Navy's) Northern Fleet was set up last December to control troops and coordinate their efforts to protect the national interests, he said. "Forces have been permanently deployed in certain islands to monitor the situation and provide air defense and have already started their mission," the minister added.
"New project submarines are being tested in the icy Arctic conditions starting this year," Shoigu told. Mobile rapid-deployment forces were tested under Arctic conditions in 2014, Shoigu recalled.
Last year's military-training measures also included landing amphibious forces onto the Arctic shore, missile launches by coastal ant-ship and surface-to-air missiles systems, Shoigu said.b
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