MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Today in St. Petersburg at the X International Arctic Forum “The Arctic: Present and Future” as part of a panel session dedicated to the security of the Arctic region, Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet – First Deputy Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Vladimir Grishechkin made a presentation.
The report of the Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet was devoted to the issues of ensuring national security in the Arctic region, as well as the role and activities of the Northern Fleet in this area.
As Vice Admiral Vladimir Grishechkin noted, “at the international level, the Russian Federation stands for interaction and complementary efforts of states in the polar latitudes, the formation of an international partnership in the interests of preserving the Arctic region as a zone of peace, stability and low military tension.”
The Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet in his report noted that “there are currently no challenges in the Arctic that require the use of military force.” He also dwelt in detail on the analysis of the activities of the US Navy and NATO in the Arctic region, noted the increase in the intensity and scale of operational and combat training activities of the joint armed forces of NATO in this region and the displacement of their areas to the borders of the Russian Federation.
Vice-Admiral Vladimir Grishechkin said that “the development of the Northern Fleet is in line with the general concept of the development of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and in strict accordance with the plans of the Ministry of Defense.” He also noted that “as an adequate response to the growth of the NATO countries’ combat potential in the Arctic, the fleet is being supplied with modern weapons, military and general-purpose equipment, including: nuclear submarine cruisers with cruise missiles; frigates and landing ships; anti-aircraft missile systems “Triumph” and “Pantsir”; coastal missile systems “Ball” and “Bastion”; aircraft of anti-submarine aviation, as well as auxiliary vessels for various purposes ”.
Vice-Admiral Vladimir Grishechkin also drew attention to the fact that the Northern Fleet includes a grouping of naval strategic nuclear forces, which is being replenished with new strategic submarine cruisers of the Borey project armed with Bulava ballistic missiles. In 2020, the second new-generation missile cruiser, Knyaz Vladimir, entered the fleet.
The Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet noted that “based on its mission, the group is kept in constant readiness to carry out the tasks of deterring from unleashing aggression against Russia.” He also stressed that “these weapons are primarily viewed as a deterrent, a guarantor of strategic stability in the world.
In his report, Vice-Admiral Vladimir Grishechkin also said that “within the framework of the implementation of the state policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic and the fulfillment of the President’s instructions, the development of the port infrastructure of the Arctic coast is envisaged, which will allow the forces of the Northern Fleet to promptly respond to possible threats to the safety of navigation along the entire length of the Northern sea route “. He also highlighted in the report the issues of participation of the Northern Fleet in the social and economic life of the Arctic region, environmental protection, environmental safety, expeditionary activities, and the development of international cooperation.
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