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    Russia is planning to form a combine-arms contingent and build a unified network of military facilities on its Arctic territories to host troops, advanced warships and aircraft as part of a plan to boost protection of the country’s interests and borders in the region.

    SOCHI, November 24 (Sputnik) — Russia's Arctic Command will be headquartered at a Northern Fleet's naval base and will become operational on December 1, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

    "A new strategic command in the Arctic, based at the Northern Fleet, will become operational on December 1 this year," Putin said at a meeting with top military commanders.

    Russia is planning to form a combine-arms contingent and build a unified network of military facilities on its Arctic territories to host troops, advanced warships and aircraft as part of a plan to boost protection of the country’s interests and borders in the region.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the new command, dubbed North, will include the Northern Fleet, two arctic-warfare brigades, as well as air force and air defense units by 2017.

    A number of political, economic and military measures have been taken over the past few years to protect Russia's interests in the Arctic amid NATO's increased interest in the region.

    In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized the establishment of a new state body for the realization of Russian national policy in the region. The president also commissioned the government to prepare a project for a full financial support of the Arctic's development program.

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