Disinfo: Washington is using NATO for military confrontation in the Arctic


The military-industrial complex in Washington is determined to extract as much cash as possible from the Arctic, and the planned peaceful development of the region by Russia is a disturbing complication. Washington is using NATO as a front to establish an Arctic Circle of military confrontation in the hope that this will prevent Russia from exploring the region for oil and gas and extracting the resources known to be there.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US, claiming - on the basis of no evidence - that American and NATO policies are a threat to world peace and security.

US policy towards the Arctic emphasises science and international collaboration, tending to neglect strategic and geopolitical considerations.

In June 2019, the US Department of Defense released its updated Arctic Defence Strategy. This document focuses on threats posed by Russia – which is building up and upgrading military infrastructure in its Arctic region – and by China. Previously abandoned Cold War-era military installations have been reopened and incursions by Russian aircraft and submarines into or close to other countries’ Arctic spaces have become more frequent. However, contrary to the claim made in this story, US experts argue that the Arctic Defence Strategy does not commit the necessary resources to address these challenges, nor does it provide clear policy recommendations.

The US and NATO are reviewing their policies in the Arctic region because of the increasing military activities of Russia and in China in the Arctic.

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  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Arctic, Natural resources, War preparation, NATO
  • Outlet: Strategic Culture Foundation
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