The British army’s Apache fleet is heading for the North Pole as part of London’s new defence strategy.
The North Pole continues to fuel rivalries between Western countries and Russia. The British Air Force has shipped its fleet of Apache AH-64D combat helicopters to the Arctic zone, reports The Sun newspaper quoted by Fars News.
This fleet was in Norway for the last five weeks before being sent to the North Pole for the first time.
The British Minister of Defence, Gavin Williamson, published last September the “new defence strategy for the North Pole”, calling into question Russia’s plan to militarise the Arctic.
The British approach is to “strengthen the security of NATO forces and fight Russia as it seeks to exploit part of the Arctic territory”, according to the newspaper.
The United Kingdom and Norway have agreed on cooperation to thwart Russia’s actions.
In addition, according to the British Arctic Defence Strategy, Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter aircraft will conduct patrol flights in Icelandic skies in 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has already declared it “imperative that the Arctic remain an area of peace and cooperation”, while describing as “unfounded” the conflict scenarios with the other four riparian countries (Canada, the United States, Norway and Denmark).
The melting of the ice pack ice, discovering areas that were previously inaccessible and rich in natural resources (oil, gas, rare minerals, fishing, tourism, new shipping routes) is the most spectacular consequence of global warming, making the Arctic the object of all envy.
The economic and strategic stakes of this race towards the Far North are considerable. Russia, China and the United States are already in the starting blocks, but Canada, Greenland, the autonomous territory of Denmark, Iceland and Norway intend to have their share of the cake.