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Russia Says Increase of US Marines in Norway Would Be an Attack

Russia Says Increase of US Marines in Norway Would Be an Attack
US Marines in Stordal, Norway. (NED ALLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 18 June 2018 06:26 PM

Russia is suggesting a new hike in the number of U.S. Marines in Norway for cold-weather training could be considered an attack, MarineTimes reported.

The news outlet noted that Norway recently agreed to an increase from 330 to 700 Marines, and opened a second training area closer to the Russian border in the Troms region to accommodate them.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was incensed.

“But what attack is it possible to talk about today? As is known, top-level Norwegian officials have repeatedly noted that Russia presents no threat,” Zakharova said last Friday, Marine Corps Times reported.

“Considering the fact that US Marines are deployed in Norway, perhaps it is the United States that has attacked this country?”

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, has openly pursued increasing cold-weather training opportunities in Norway, the news outlet reported.

Currently, a handful of Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment are in Norway for a six-month rotation. It’s the Corps’ third repeat in the Arctic nation since restarting cold-weather training there, the outlet reported.

“Arguments that U.S. forces are rotated, rather than permanently deployed, should mislead no one because service personnel will, nevertheless, be permanently stationed on a rotation basis. This should be clearly understood,” Zakharova declared.

The Marine Corps has been storing gear in a series of caves in Norway to equip a Marine Air-Ground Task Force if a war were to break out on the European continent.

In the fall, Norway will host one the largest NATO exercises, involving up to 40,000 participants, the outlet reported.

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