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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Northern Fleet this year resumed regular air patrols of the Arctic, the fleet's commander, Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov, told reporters Tuesday.

    "This year we resumed regular air patrols by long-range anti-submarine aircraft in the Arctic and other areas," Yevmenov said after a meeting of the extended board of the Russian Defense Ministry with President Vladimir Putin’s participation.

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    The admiral's statement follows Russian Defense Minister's Sergei Shoigu statement made earlier on Tuesday that the United States intended to expand its Navy's presence in the Arctic. 

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    anti-submarine warfare (ASW), Russian Defense Ministry, Nikolai Yevmenov, Sergei Shoigu, Russia, Arctic
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