Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the country’s Northern Fleet to full combat alert as part of snap inspections, local media reported, citing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The defense minister reportedly added that the five-day military drills in the Arctic come amid concerns over new security threats faced by the country.
The exercises will reportedly be held on land, at sea and in the air, beginning Monday. About 38,000 troops, 41 warships, 15 submarines and 110 aircraft will be involved in the drills to check the readiness of the National Fleet, and the military’s ability to deploy additional forces in central Russia. Shoigu reportedly said that the exercise would also test the military’s ability to increase forces on the Arctic Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagos, and safeguard the country’s borders in the region.
Meanwhile, the Russian military also launched drills conducted by thousands of troops on Sakhalin Island, the Kamchatka Peninsula and other areas in the far east of the country, according to the Associated Press.
Full article: Putin Puts Russia’s Northern Fleet On Full Combat Alert In The Arctic Amid Security Concerns (International Business Times)