can also 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy ships entered the Barents Sea on Monday, between Norway and Russia above the Arctic Circle, for the primary time considering that the Nineteen Eighties, the Navy observed.
The mission, the Navy noted in a statement, is "to assert freedom of navigation and show seamless integration amongst allies."
The Russian protection Ministry immediately introduced that the fleet of 5 vessels, together with one from Britain's Royal Navy, is being intently monitored.
The guided-missile destroyers usaDonald cook dinner and u.s.a.Porter, the tremendous provide vessel USNS give and the British frigate HMS Kent entered the Barents Sea after conducting anti-submarine drills in the local Norwegian Sea. They have been joined with the aid of the U.S. Navy destroyer u.s.a.Roosevelt.
Norway and the USA are NATO allies, besides the fact that children Norway was distinctly now not concerned within the exercise. The Russian militia turned into notified of the operation.
"In these difficult instances, it is more essential than ever that we retain our regular drumbeat of operations across the eu theater, whereas taking prudent measures to give protection to the fitness of our force," said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, U.S. sixth Fleet commander.
"We stay committed to promotion regional security and balance, whereas constructing trust and reinforcing a basis of Arctic readiness," Franchetti referred to.
within hours of the convoy's arrival, the Russian defense Ministry introduced that it changed into monitoring the ships.
"The [Russian] Northern Fleet's assets have begun monitoring NATO's surface motion group," it pointed out. The Northern Fleet is in keeping with the coast of the Kola Peninsula and uses the Barents Sea for access of its surface ships and submarines to the North Atlantic Ocean.
The anti-submarine drills and the appearance of the ships in the Barents Sea have been conducted with out the participation of the Norwegian Navy.
In October 2019, Norway determined now not to be a part of the NATO-backed missile protection program, days after Norwegian leading Minister Erna Solberg met with Russia's overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov.
"Do the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy workout routines within the Barents- and Norwegian Seas defend trans-Atlantic sea lanes or threaten the Russian Bastion defense and its nuclear deterrence and hence strategic steadiness," Gjedssø Bertelsen the Arctic university of Norway commented.
"Norway abstained from these exercises, most likely figuring out the hazard to its bilateral relationship with Russia from threatening Russia's nuclear deterrence," Bertelsen delivered.