RUSSIA WILL ‘TAKE MEASURES’ AGAINST U.S. RADAR NEAR ITS BORDER, THOUGHT TO BE PART OF MISSILE DEFENSE
Russia has vowed action against a radar station being built not far from its border with Norway, arguing that the site would serve as part of the United States’ global missile defense system.
The radar, called Globus-III, was being jointly established by the U.S. and Norway near the small Norwegian fishing village of Vardø, less than 40 miles from Russia’s Kola Peninsula, where a series of Arctic naval bases host nuclear submarines that serve the strategic Northern Fleet. The new radar would replace the existing Globus-II, which Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday “transmits the information it receives to the United States.”
Zakharova claimed during a press briefing that Norwegian officials had been uncooperative when asked about the installation and had simply argued that the radar “is not directed Russia.”
Noting the close proximity to her country, she contended that “there is every reason to believe that the radar will monitor precisely the territory of the Russian Federation and will become part of the U.S. missile defense system.”
“Obviously, the deployment of the American radar in the area is not a purely Norwegian issue. It concerns the general context of maintaining stability and predictability in the North,” she added, referencingtoward Moscow’s own activities in the Arctic Circle. “It seems to me obvious that military preparations near borders, be it Russia or another country, cannot be ignored. We presume that we will take measures in retaliation to ensure our own security.”