WW3 Brews As Russia Invades Arctic & NATO Fortifies Defense
The United Kingdom and NATO are working on beefing up their military forces in the Baltic region in an attempt to deter Russia from commencing any attack. Nonetheless, Russia continues to work on expanding its territory as the country submitted recently a revised application to the United Nations concerning the Arctic continental shelf.Advertisement
NATO defense ministers will be counting on their network of new alliance outposts and forces in order to discourage Russia from committing a similar act as the 2014 annexation of Crimea. The organization is reportedly taking the boldest steps so far to prevent Russia from doing anything in the said region. The idea is to beef up air, naval and ground forces in Eastern Europe without prompting Cold War-like scenarios. “Russia is a threat,” ABC quoted Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas during an alliance meeting in Brussels. “It is Moscow’s actions in Crimea, their support for separatists in Ukraine and their snap exercises that concern us,” the official added.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will be meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during the Munich Security Conference. According to the official, he will be emphasizing that NATO’s move in the Baltic and Eastern Europe are defensive in nature. “We believe that especially when times are difficult, as they are now, it’s even more important that we have political dialogue, channels open, between NATO and Russia,” explained Stoltenberg.
Nonetheless, even with moves done against any possible territorial expansion, Russia just submitted a revised application on extending its share of the Arctic continental shelf. Back in 2001, Moscow’s application was rejected but this is not stopping the country from pushing it claims once more.
“Russia has presented its application to extend its territory on the Arctic continental shelf and it was registered. The work we have done to gather material is extensive,” RT quoted Russian Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment Sergey Donskoy. The official claimed that the UN commission received the document well and is now reviewing the application.
NATO and Russia are old time foes since the Cold War Era. Relations were mended in the last 25 years but it turned sour again when President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea in March 2014. Tensions escalated when Turkey, a staunch NATO ally bombed down a Russian jet over the Syrian airspace in November.
Anytime that war erupt between NATO and Russia, some analysts believe that their strong allies – United Nations for NATO and China for Russia – will be drag into the whole equation. With these big players coming in, fear of a looming World War 3 is rapidly shaping into the horizon.