Three U.S. B-52 strategic bombers; P8 maritime patrol aircraft, tankers and a RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft were flying over the Barents Sea on Wednesday. Norwegian F-16 fighter jets followed the huge American bombers to 31° East.
Simultaneously as the Northern Fleet sails the largest submarine maneuverer since the days of the Cold War, the “Knyaz Vladimir” Borei-class sub for the first time launched a test missile that cross the Arctic an hit the target on Kamchatka in the Far East.
Russia’s military-patriotic Yunarmiya – or Youth Army – got Norwegian funding to tour the country’s northeastern border region. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee says representatives of such movement should not have been invited to a peace anniversary.
"Russia has invented new weapons of war that harken back to an age when a nuclear balance of terror reigned," a U.S. State Department official said to the United Nations' Disarmament and International Security Committee.
NATO’s northernmost country with direct border to Russia’s militarized Kola Peninsula relies heavily on allied reinforcements, but lacks capacity to join when its allies will train how to provide support in a war scenario.