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US Marines Land in Norway, And Russia Isn’t Pleased

US Marines Land in Norway, And Russia Isn’t Pleased

Poland isn’t the only country in Europe welcoming US troops. About 300 Marines arrived in Norway on Monday, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been stationed in the country, reports Reuters. The mission is to last one year, with the first batch of Marines replaced by another in six months. The New York Times sees it as the latest move by the US and its allies in Europe to try to keep Russia in check, and indeed Moscow isn’t happy with the deployment. “The relationship between Norway and Russia is put to a test now,” says the foreign ministry. However, a Norwegian official insists it’s merely a routine training mission.

“For the first four weeks they will have basic winter training, learn how to cope with skis and to survive in the Arctic environment,” says the Home Guard spokesman. “It has nothing to do with Russia or the current situation.” The Marines will be in Vaernes, which is about 900 miles from the Russian border. In a separate development, Norway has also sent 200 of its own troops to the border area to monitor Russian activity, reports the Independent. The US, UK, and Norway also appear to be rekindling a Cold War alliance used for maritime surveillance, reports Defense News. All this comes amid the backdrop of President-elect Trump worrying US allies by calling NATO “obsolete” in an interview this week, notes CNN.

 

 

2 replies on “US Marines Land in Norway, And Russia Isn’t Pleased”

But let Russia, Iran, N.Korea etc step foot in another country…

Not sure what point you are making. Joint training between allies is not quite the same as Russia moving into the Ukraine and Crimea. There is a big military training area just north of me and we often have Nato allies on joint exercises there. Local pubs do very well out of it.

NATO is an alliance (for the moment) and joint training is normal. North Korea moving into another country would be an act of war.

It’s a bit like the difference between me inviting a friend in for tea and scones and a psycho kicking my door in. Not the same thing.

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