09:25 GMT24 September 2020
Listen Live
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    0 42
    Subscribe

    Russian Airborne Forces (AbF) will not deploy its units in the Arctic region permanently, AbF Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Nikolay Ignatov told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Airborne Forces (AbF) will not deploy its units in the Arctic region permanently, but will rather enhance its cooperation with Russia's Northern Fleet, AbF Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Nikolay Ignatov told Sputnik.

    "We do not consider such an option," Ignatov said, answering the question about possible deployment of Airborne Forces troops in the Arctic on a regular basis.

    Ignatov explained there is no point in the deployment of Airborne Forces to the region, adding that in case the order was given, the troops would be deployed "in the right spot of the Arctic in the right time."

    He also told Sputnik that the Airborne Forces would take part in the 2017 Russian Northern Fleet drills, where servicemen will carry out an operation that supports the naval forces. He noted that the Airborne Forces and the Northern Fleet expand the range of their cooperation every year.

    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 to suit the growing development of the Northern Sea Route, linking Europe to Asia. In November, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for accelerating the development in the Arctic region.

    Related:

    Russian Military Becomes Unrivaled in Terms of Arctic Warfare
    Russian Military Deploying Nearly 200 Troops to Arctic for Mystery Mission
    Arctic Region Has No Issues Requiring Military Solutions - Foreign Ministry
    Tags:
    military deployment, Russian Northern Fleet, Russian Airborne Forces, Arctic, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion