0 $
2,500 $
5,000 $
895 $

United States Works To Limit Freedom Of Navigation On Northern Sea Route

Support SouthFront

United States Works To Limit Freedom Of Navigation On Northern Sea Route

Click to see full-size image

In recent months, the US has increased its military activity in the Arctic region, and namely near the Northern Sea Route.

Namely, in early March the Cold Response 2020 exercise took place, in Norway. Approximately 1,500 American combat troops traveled to the country, and joined thousands of other NATO troops to exercise a fight against Russia in the North.

According to the Norwegian military, the main purpose of the Cold Response 2020 is to conduct “multinational joint exercises with a high-intensity combat scenario in demanding winter conditions.”

The initial plan was to send 7,500 US troops to Norway, but 3,000 of them were sent to the Middle East.

However, the exercise didn’t run through to the end, it was canceled on March 11th with a bit remaining due to COVID-19 concerns.

In February, the Alaskan National Guard also carried out its Arctic Eagle 2020 exercise.

The goals of Arctic Eagle 2020 are to leverage federal training requirements to improve capability of National Guard units to execute civil support missions, to facilitate combat readiness training to improve federal lethality, to prompt partnerships to conduct multicomponent and multinational integration, and to incorporate innovation with operational test programs.

On May 1st, the US 6th fleet and British navy sailed above the Arctic circle in an anti-submarine exercise.

The United States Navy said in a statement it will work with European partners “to ensure an open Arctic by continuing freedom of navigation and overflight through the region, as well conducting land, air, and sea operations required for deterrence, presence, and Arctic security.“

The U.S. Navy is vague in geolocating the exercise more than saying it took place in the Norwegian Sea.

“Due to operational security, we do not discuss the specific locations of our operational units,” Lieutenant commander Matthew Comer with the U.S. 6th Fleet writes in an email to the Barents Observer.

Norway refused to take part in the exercise.

Other, smaller exercises also take place.

All of them are accompanied by claims of the US that Russia is taking actions towards limiting the freedom of navigation in the Arctic, and specifically in the Northern Sea Route. According to accusations, all Russian military drills in the region exercise specifically on area denial.

Despite the claims, these US exercises are effectively limiting freedom of navigation, and it is quite evident.

And, in spite of the claims, Beijing and Moscow are openly cooperating on various projects, involving the other Arctic states, as well as others such as India. Infrastructure is being introduced to facilitate freedom of navigation and there’s constant calls from Moscow to increase shipping through the region, because it would save time and money, as well as it is a safe passage.

Russia is actively working on the Northern Sea Route infrastructure and inviting all states such as Norway, Finland, Denmark and others to take part and allow navigation through the route for longer periods of the year, and not just a few months annually.

This is yet another very apparent example of the hypocrisy in US diplomacy and policy – similar to its claims regarding space militarization, it claims that it is protecting the sphere (or in this case the Arctic) for every nation on Earth from Russia and China’s “malign influence” but at the same time it also says that it should be leading the way and have premiere access to all the resources, after it gets its turn, then others may potentially follow.

For space – the US wants to allow its private corporations to extract resources, and every US citizen needs to have equal access to space – and that policy needs to be promoted in front of other, allied states.

In Syria – it is allegedly fighting terrorism, but it’s actually the Syrian government, Iran and Russia doing the heavy lifting, the US simply occupied the oil wells and is primarily concerned with that.

Why would the Arctic be any different?


Support SouthFront


Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

US is a dying dinosaur.

Tommy Jensen

We dont want to limit any freedom. Its because some rumors said we and our Allies would march against Moscow but that was fake news.

Our strategy is a new one, from the north to invade and take over Murmansk secretly in a surprise attack.
From Murmansk WE dominate Arctic, the Northern Route and the road to St. Petersborg, and Kremlin cant do a shit because Murmansk is not easy accessible.

The only problem is Russia is using Murmansk as a testsite for new bombs, but when this dummy detail is overcome, America will act out from a position of strength in a show of tremendous force!!

itibi ra

By the way, Jensen, i *never* read what you say. I just downvote you. So please don’t think that everyone is reading your BS. We are simply downvoting you because we know that you will be you.

Have a nice day.

Tommy Jensen

I only get upvotes from Intelligent people.


You represent the intellect of a 5th grader no more,usa is in no position to rue in the arctic,infact russia has the whole world covered,so you can bark all you want,in the end you will become a 2nd to 3rd world nation at best,your only hope is trump and even then you are losing more and more jobs than any coming back ,like as if any half brained company will gop half broke just to return to corona run usa,thank me later for warming you in advance pal!

Lone Ranger

Lay down the crack, its bad for you…

chris chuba

Black is white. The arctic route along Russia’s coastline has been unusable for hundreds of years, the Russia is investing in icebreakers, ports, rescue stations, and yes military facilities to make it navigable and the U.S. is having a fit and claiming that the Russians are impeding freedom of navigation. Can anyone in DC tell the truth?

Dick Von Dast'Ard

More Tu-160’s for long-endurance, continuous, maritime-strike mission profiles is one answer.

peter mcloughlin

They are all on the path to nuclear Armageddon and have not heeded the warning of history.

Lone Ranger

U.S. Empire is toast.
They dont have icebreakers, they arent used to arctic conditions and they are hopelessly outgunned as well.

Jim Bim

The Northern Sea Route is Russian territory, the US does not even have the icebreakers to sail through.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x