NATO Secretary General said it was necessary to increase the presence in the Arctic

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said that the alliance needs to increase its presence in the Arctic between Russia and NATO:

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated the need to increase the presence of the bloc in the Arctic in an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

“NATO needs to increase its presence in the Arctic,” Stoltenberg said. According to him, Russia has recently intensified its activities in the region, opening “Soviet-era bases” there, as well as “deploying and testing new modern weapons,” for example, hypersonic missiles.

In addition, China is also showing interest in the Arctic, the Secretary General noted. In particular, this is also due to the fact that the region is becoming increasingly important for shipping due to climate change.

Earlier, Jens Stoltenberg called the cooperation between Russia and China in the Arctic a challenge to the values and interests of the alliance. He noted that in this situation, the accession of Stockholm and Helsinki to the North Atlantic Alliance is very important.