Military aircraft confrontation and joint patrol? U.S. -Russian Arctic Cooperation Unhides Intense Competition

 Military aircraft confrontation and joint patrol? U.S. -Russian Arctic Cooperation Unhides Intense Competition

Reference News Network reported on June 14 that U.S. and Russian troops had been trained side by side in the Arctic, although the Arctic region was one of many areas where the two countries competed for influence.

On June 11, the website of Newsweek reported that in the cold waters of the Bering Sea separating the two countries, the Russian Federation Security Agencys Sakhalin patrol boat and the U.S. Coast Guards Alex Haley speedboat carried out joint patrols on the 11th. The Northeast Antarctic Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Agency said that the two sides had strengthened communication and paid close attention to illegal activities at sea.

The problem of radio communication has been solved and a shipboard helicopter has been used. Both sides have also trained on the use of the International Signal Code (ICS-65), the bureaus press office said.

The Russian side also said that no vessel was found fishing for aquatic biological resources near the maritime boundary between the two countries, which was regulated by an agreement signed between Washington and Moscow in 1996.

Reported that cooperation in the Arctic region is one of the few areas in which the United States and Russia have managed to maintain communication, as the brief post-Cold War easing between the two countries has ended and the two sides have returned to a geopolitical struggle for global influence. This confrontation has taken place in strategic locations around the world, and in recent years the Arctic has proved to have special interests.

In May, the North American Air Defense Command intercepted Russian fighters and bombers twice in a few days near Alaskas airspace. Reported that, although such incidents are not unheard of, Moscow also sent planes to intercept American aircraft near the Russian border, but such a continuous interception operation is in both countries seeking to expand their presence in the Arctic region. In the Arctic, as ocean temperatures continue to rise, the possibility of creating lucrative trade routes is growing.

Reported that the United States Secretary of State Pompeos speech at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in May caused a stir. In his speech, he did not mention climate change at all, but described the melting of the ice sheet as a new economic opportunity. Although Moscow has also benefited from the opening of waterways, Russia has discussed the need to combat climate change and has taken the lead in allowing its powerful nuclear-powered ice-breaking fleet to navigate places that are largely inaccessible elsewhere.

Reported that Russia is not only transferring more and more civilian vessels to the north, the countrys growing nuclear-powered submarine forces are also operating at a series of naval bases in the Kola Peninsula. Near a small Norwegian fishing village less than 40 miles away, the United States has begun installing new secret radars. Moscow suspects that the fishing village may be used for cross-border surveillance and deployment of global missile systems, and has repeatedly warned.

Despite their often antagonistic positions on major international issues, including their close neighbours, Moscow and Washington have found several other ways of cooperation in addition to joint patrols in the Arctic.

Reported that in May, Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov met in Sochi to discuss successful cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Reported that the U.S. and Russian intelligence agencies will exchange information, and both sides in public said that the information helped thwart the attack plot in the territory of the other side. In addition, despite the confrontation between the United States and Russia in the eight-year war in Syria, the military of the two countries also maintained regular communications there.

Source: US F-22 intercepts Russian Tu-95 bomber.

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