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UK sees no increase in Arctic security risk, but concern remains over North Atlantic naval activity

04 February 2018

Key Points

  • The United Kingdom views the Arctic as a low-tension region, but sees increasing security risk in North Atlantic waters
  • Co-operation with Norway and the United States in particular is helping the United Kingdom meet its security requirements in both regions

The United Kingdom sees Russia’s increasing military activity in the Arctic as defensive in nature, but remains focused on naval activity in the North Atlantic region, a UK defence minister told a parliamentary hearing on 31 January.

“From a military point of view, the Arctic maintains a position where we have good co-operation. There is low tension,” UK Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster told a House of Commons defence sub-committee hearing on Arctic security.

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