Russia’s NATO envoy says Arctic should be zone ‘free of military activity’

The Arctic should remain a zone with a minimum of military activity, RIA Novosti quoted Russia’s permanent representative to NATO as saying on Friday. There are no direct military risks today in the region, according to Aleksandr Grushko. Speaking in Brussels, he said that “Cold War” rhetoric should be put aside. “We are carefully watching how NATO is turning its focus to the Arctic region,” he said, adding that “the less influence from military and political organizations in that region, the better it will be for solving tasks set before the Arctic states.”

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