Russia’s increased sophistication in the Arctic is sending Cold War echoes to NATO and other nations. As the threat of a new war looms, Russia seems hell-bent in making sure it has sufficient arsenal; but NATO may have hopes of structuring peace. What will be it: peace or war?
While Russian forces are not as many as they were like in the Cold War, officials point out the growing sophistication of its arsenal as the more concerning factor. According to Adm. Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, Norway’s chief of defense, Russian military activity is not as huge as that of the Cold War levels, but Russia seems to be catching up to NATO’s conventional equipment and prowess with new sensors, submarines and capabilities.
Russia Gains More Power In The Arctic
“The equality between Russian military capability and Western military capability has started to come very close to each other, like it used to be in the Cold War,” The Wall Street Journal quoted Adm. Bruun-Hanssen in an interview during a recent trip to Bodo by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
Although Russian operations are relatively smaller compared to the Cold War period, still, he insisted that “the difference is now we are talking about new types of platforms, new types of sensors, new types of weapons systems that are far more flexible and far more capable than we had during the Cold War.”
NATO-Russia Council Meeting To Happen
However, hope is not lost as NATO-Russia Council may meet in the coming weeks.
According to Sputnik, Brussels is looking into a holding a NATO-Russia Council meeting in the coming weeks, although there is still the chance it could be put off should issues concerning Russia be avoided in the agenda, as claimed by the Russian Izvestia newspaper.
Furthermore, Brussels said that issues linked to the Baltic region air traffic safety will also be discussed in the meeting. Brussels also emphasized that NATO-Russia dialogue “must me broader” than the said issue.