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Russian military presence in the Arctic 'absolutely necessary,' says Kremlin

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the presence of Russian troops in the Arctic an "absolutely necessary" part of military development, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

(CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the presence of Russian troops in the Arctic an "absolutely necessary" part of military development, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Responding to CNN reporting about satellite images showing huge Russian military build-up in the Arctic, Peskov said "the Commander-in-Chief [Putin] really considers the Russian military presence in the Arctic to be an absolutely necessary element of military development. "

"The Arctic zone is a very important region of the Russian Federation, which applies both to our borders and to our special economic zone.

The economic potential is growing from year to year, you know that there are general plans for national development in the Arctic zone, and all this is being consistently implemented," Peskov said.

Satellite images provided to CNN by space technology company Maxar detail a stark and continuous build-up of Russian military bases and hardware on the country's Arctic coastline, together with underground storage facilities likely for new high-tech weapons and the the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo.

"Nobody wants to see the Arctic as a region become militarized," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday as he addressed the reports of the build-up of Russian military capacities in the Arctic.

"We're committed to protecting your US national security interests in the Arctic by upholding a rules based order in the region, particularly through our network of Arctic allies and partners who share the same mutual interest that we do in exactly that order," Kirby added.

In regards to those concerns, Peskov said "it should not be forgotten that America itself has never renounced its military presence in the Arctic zone, has never weakened its attention to the Arctic zone. "

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