Norway responds to a large-scale campaign of Russia's Northern Fleet
Major Brynjar Stordal, the press-spokesman of Norway’s Military Joint Headquarters, stated that Norway was not informed of the largest over the past decade campaign of warships of the Russian Northern Fleet in the Barents Sea , the Barents Observer news outlet reports.
“From time to time, in the north, Russian troops demonstrated a relatively high level of activity in various areas [of the Barents Sea],” Stordal stated. “They have a right to do it both in their territory and in the international waters and airspace.” According to Stordal, the Norwegian military are monitoring the movement of the Russian flotilla.
It was previously reported that 36 ships and submarines of the Russian Navy’s Northern fleet have begun exercises in the Barents Sea. Among the ships are the Admiral Ushakov destroyer, the cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the Georgiy Pobedonosets amphibious ship and anti-submarine ship Severomorsk. The Russia military also intends to involve more than 20 aircraft, weapons and special equipment. The campaign will continue until the end of the next week; the ships and submarines will carry out 19 practical shooting exercises and test new weapons.