Following the UK’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s recent visit to Bardufoss base in northern Norway, hundreds of Royal Marines were deployed to the Arctic Circle for training purposes. The Defence Secretary announced an increased British presence in the Arctic to support NATO’s northern flank from Russia.
This is due in part to Russian submarines’ increased activity in waters near the Faslane naval base in Scotland. “Whether it’s sharpening our skills in sub-zero conditions, learning from longstanding allies like Norway or monitoring submarine threats with our Poseidon aircraft, we will stay vigilant to new challenges”, announced Williamson.
So what is the importance of Scotland to Russia and what is the Kremlin trying to achieve there?
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