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    Russia is opposed to the militarization of the Arctic, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    Russia is opposed to the militarization of the Arctic, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    Serdyukov spoke after a meeting with his Danish counterpart, Gitte Lillelund Bech, in Moscow.

    "The sides shared their views on the situation in the Arctic. Russia is against the militarization of the north and sees no need for a military presence in the region today," Serdyukov's press secretary Irina Kovalchuk said.

    Arctic territories, seen as the key to huge untapped natural resources, have increasingly been at the center of mounting disputes between the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, and Denmark in recent years as rising temperatures lead to a reduction in sea ice.

    MOSCOW, February 8 (RIA Novosti)

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