Russia plans to deploy a nuclear-powered missile designed to explode off the coasts of enemy countries in the Arctic next summer, as the country increases its presence in the region, CNN reports. Satellite images provided to CNN this week by Maxar, a satellite company, indicate that Russia is testing new weapons in the region and building significant military infrastructure there, which is increasingly ice-free due to climate change. .
According to CNN, Russia will deploy the Poseidon 2M39 missile next summer in its Arctic region, described in some reports as an “apocalyptic” device because of its devastating power. The device, the images of which first surfaced on Russian state television in 2015, is an underwater nuclear torpedo designed to strike the ocean floor, triggering a radioactive tsunami, which could spread radiation deadly over thousands of kilometers of land, rendering them uninhabitable.
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The situation in the Arctic followed very closely by the Pentagon
In February, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked his defense minister to take stock of a “key milestone” in the tests, while further tests are expected later this year, according to Times of London. Russia and NATO countries in the Arctic region have increased their activities in the region in recent years, with rising sea temperatures making it more accessible, reports Christopher Woody of Insider.
Russia has the longest Arctic coast in the world and derives about a quarter of its GDP from the region. The Northern Sea Route is a valuable shipping lane for Moscow. On Monday, the Pentagon said it was monitoring “very closely” reports of Russian military activity and strengthening of Russian infrastructure in the Arctic.
“Without going into specific intelligence assessments, it is evident that we are monitoring this very closely,” Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby said in a briefing Monday. “It is obvious that we are monitoring the situation and, as I said before, we have national security interests there that we know (…) that we have to protect and defend,” said John F. Kirby.
“And like I said, no one is interested in seeing the Arctic become militarized.”
Original version: Thomas Colson / Insider
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