Russia expresses anger about US-led NATO wargames over frozen Arctic, says ‘provocative’ aerial combat simulations challenge peace

Russian diplomats

Russian diplomats in Washington have lambasted plans for US and NATO fighter jets to undergo joint combat training in the icy Arctic region as part of a practice run that will see America’s most high-tech jets rehearsing for war.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Moscow’s diplomatic mission to the US branded the exercises “provocative,” and said that they would have a profound impact on “confidence-building in Europe.” At the same time, the envoys argued that the actions flew in the face of international commitments to “ensuring the sustainable and peaceful development of the Arctic region.”

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