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Russia's Northern, Pacific Fleets Participate in Arctic Region Tactical Drills

Russia's Northern and Pacific Fleet warship took part in tactical naval drills in the Arctic region, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Warships from Russia's Northern and Pacific Fleets took part in tactical naval drills in the Arctic region, near the New Siberian Islands, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said Wednesday.

"In line with a training plan, a joint tactical exercise of warships from Northern and Pacific Fleets has been held in the area of the New Siberian Islands. After an arrival of a group of Northern Fleet's warships… an episode of escorting of ships by Pacific Fleet's Ivan Susanin icebreaker was trained," Сapt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.

Russia has been stepping up its military, trade and exploration activities in the Arctic region. It has been building transport and energy production infrastructure, as well as installing military facilities and developing the Northern Sea Route linking Europe to Asia.

The importance of the Arctic region has been increasing in recent years as the melting of the region’s sea ice has opened the possibility for further exploration of petroleum reserves in the area, as well as for navigation through the Northern Sea Route.

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