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US plans response to Russian and Chinese Arctic activity – media

Washington is reportedly planning a major upgrade to its northernmost military base

The United States plans to invest billions in Arctic defence, including upgrading its Thule Air Base in Greenland, Danish newspaper Berlingske reported on Monday, citing a US military report. Neither the Danish nor the Greenlandic authorities have been informed of these plans, he claimed.

According to the outlet, the United States has given the green light to “significant investments“in its northernmost base in the middle”more and more aggressive” behavior of Russia. Citing a statement from the US Air Force, Berlingske wrote that the money would go towards upgrading Thule’s aging infrastructure. No further details were provided, and the US Embassy in Copenhagen reportedly declined to provide further details.

The plans, Berlingske claimed, came as a surprise to the Danish parliament and the Greenlandic government, as the United States is supposed to “consult and inform“the two nations regarding any significant changes in its military operations in Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark.

It’s our country, so we want to know when something is happening,Pipaluk Lynge Rasmussen, chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee in the Greenlandic parliament, reportedly said.

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The Pentagon identifies threats to Arctic bases

The news comes shortly after the US Navy and Marine Corps announced they would conduct more Arctic operations.

Earlier this month, the Commander of Northern Command and North American Aerospace, Air Force General Glen D. VanHerck, said that given the increasing activity of the Russia and China in the region, the Arctic now plays a central role in American deterrence. strategy.

Thule Air Base is approximately 750 miles (1,207 km) north of the Arctic Circle and 946 miles (1,522 km) from the North Pole on the world’s largest island. Initially, it was created to protect the Danish colonies of Greenland against Germany during World War II. In recent years, it has mainly been used as an early warning system to detect and track ballistic missiles.

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