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U.S. desires to ‘avoid a militarisation’ of the Arctic: Blinken

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As local weather change makes the Arctic extra accessible, curiosity within the area’s pure sources, its navigation routes and its strategic place has grown amongst international locations bordering the Arctic in addition to China.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Tuesday that Washington wished to keep away from a army build-up within the Arctic, a day after Russia defended its army actions within the strategic area.

“We have concerns about some of the increased military activities in the Arctic. That increases the dangers or prospects of accidents… and undermines the shared goal of a peaceful and sustainable future for the region,” Mr. Blinken instructed a press convention in Reykjavik.

“What we need to avoid is a militarisation of the region,” Mr. Blinken stated on the eve of an Arctic Council assembly of Foreign Ministers on Wednesday and Thursday the place he’ll meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

As local weather change makes the Arctic extra accessible, curiosity within the area’s pure sources, its navigation routes and its strategic place has grown amongst international locations bordering the Arctic in addition to China.

President Vladimir Putin has lately made Russia’s Arctic area a strategic precedence and ordered funding in army infrastructure and mineral extraction, exacerbating tensions with Arctic Council members. On Monday, Mr. Lavrov warned Western international locations in opposition to staking claims within the Arctic.

“It has been absolutely clear for everyone for a long time that this is our territory, this is our land,” Lavrov stated at a press convention in Moscow.

“We are responsible for ensuring our Arctic coast is safe,” he stated.

The United States, for its half, has pushed again in opposition to what it considers Russian and Chinese “aggressivity” within the area.

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