Russian military forces stationed in the Arctic near Norway have been reduced by five times since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This was stated by the head of the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, General Eirik Kristoffersen, write Reuters.
The Russian military resources stationed in the North amount to “20% or less” of their strength before the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Kristoffersen said after a meeting of NATO defense chiefs in Oslo.
In his opinion, this “clearly shows” that the Kremlin actually understands that NATO does not pose a threat to Russia.
“If he (the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. – Ed.) believed that we were threatening Russia, he would not have transferred troops to Ukraine,” the general emphasized.
This point of view is also confirmed by how restrained Russia reacted to Finland’s accession to NATO, he noted.
Norway is a member of NATO and borders Russia in the Arctic region of the Kola Peninsula, where most of the Russian Federation’s nuclear weapons are located, as well as the Northern Fleet, which includes nuclear submarines.
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