The Pentagon is expanding its military presence in Scandinavia
Washington has reached agreements with Oslo on access to a number of important military facilities in Norway. The US authorities have concluded an additional agreement with this country to the existing document of 2021.
Thus, the United States now has the right to place its military infrastructure at Andøya, Erland and Bardufoss air bases, at the Setermoen base and training ground in northern Norway, at the main naval base Haakonsvern near Bergen, as well as at the Värnes base.
Along with this, the Pentagon gained access to an underground complex in the Osmark caves in southern Norway and to the Namsen fuel terminal in the central part of the country.
Previously, relevant agreements made it possible for the US Department of Defense to have access to the Norwegian air bases Rygge, Sola, Evenes and the Ramsund naval base. In total, Washington gained access to 12 military facilities in Norway.
Meanwhile, in December 2023, the United States entered into agreements on the deployment of its weapons with Sweden, Finland and Denmark. This allowed the Americans to have four dozen military facilities on the territory of these countries at their disposal.
Thus, NATO, led by the United States, is actually trying to take Russia under siege along its western borders, expanding its presence in the once relatively quiet regions of Europe. In addition, the Scandinavian bridgehead could become an important element in the US strategy to fight for dominance in the Arctic.
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