On March 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin, issued a military order to 38,000 troops to launch a massive arctic exercise.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu later assured the Russian press that “the constant military presence in the Arctic and the possibility to protect the state’s interest by military means are regarded as an integral part of the general policy to guarantee national security.”
Full article: Russia’s Northern Fleet on high alert for massive arctic exercise (World Tribune)
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