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The United States fears that Russia will expand its presence in the Arctic.
The commander of the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD), General Terence Oschonissi, has indicated that the United States and Canada have lost their military edge in the Arctic, according to Canadian journal La Presse.
According to the magazine, the US Senate Armed Services Committee report found that Russia was expanding its presence in the region thanks to the modernization of long-range bombers and new ships capable of carrying cruise missiles.
The general believes that these weapons and ground-based cruise missiles constitute a “new and direct threat to North America.”
“The Arctic is no longer a fortified castle,” Osunessi said. “Our oceans are no longer protective trenches. [الروس] They now have something against our modern, non-nuclear weapons. “
General also expressed Unfortunately, the United States last modernized the Arctic art system in the 1980s, well before the end of the Cold War. In the middle of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Pentagon had an opportunity to destroy missiles, but Canada decided not to join the “missile defense shield”.
In 2017, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau announced that it was necessary to modernize the air defense system in relation to new threats. However, negotiations with the United States on this issue were minimal. No money has been allocated to the project, and it could cost several billion dollars.
At the same time, the general expressed optimism. He pointed out that NORAD has a long-range radar that can detect aircraft and cruise missiles in the Arctic long before it reaches North America.
“In order to restore our strategic advantage in the far north, it is important to improve our ability to detect and track ships and aircraft as they approach the North Pole and to create safer communication channels at these latitudes,” he added.