Norway has deployed more soldiers to a remote region called Finnmark in the Arctic circle on its borders with Russia. The move comes as tensions between Russia and the US, UK and Norway are rising as the NATO members are monitoring Russia’s activities in the North. The deployment is part of a plan approved by the Norwegian government late last year to significantly increase defence spending.
Describing the move as “historic”, the political adviser to Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide said Norway would “further increase our land forces in the northernmost county, Finnmark, by establishing a new company sized ranger unit at the Norwegian-Russian border” of around 200 troops. The deployment comes as Norway looks to revive a Cold War surveillance pact covering international waters stretching from the Arctic Circle to the UK.
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