Pompeo Believes That The US Was Late To The "Party" In The Arctic
The United States was too late to take active action in the Arctic region, according to US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, in an interview with Danish radio during his visit to Copenhagen.
To the question "are you late for a party in the Arctic?" Pompeo replied: "Yes, a little late. But this is nothing! I've been late to parties before and had a lot of fun."
"I am deeply convinced that the Western values that we have to give us a fundamental idea that we can be transparent and open, we can build a strong economy and, at the same time, maintain security. We will do it, we will do it in the Arctic. We will do this by confronting Russia as part of NATO. The transatlantic Alliance is real and powerful, and even though we were not there at the beginning, we will all go there together to make sure that everything is right," he continued.
According to him, the US allegedly "was too naive." "I think we were all a little naive, watching as the interests of not only Russia but also China became more and more aggressive," Pompeo claims. "But if this is the choice of our opponents, if they decide to compete here, we can't just turn the other cheek."
As Nikolai Korchunov, Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Foreign Ministry and a senior official of the Arctic Council from the Russian Federation, stated on January 20, NATO's activity in the Arctic, especially in countries outside this region, leads to tension and destabilization of the situation. At the end of December last year, the commander of the Russian Northern fleet, Alexander Moiseev, said that NATO is actively increasing the combat training of its troops in the region, and intelligence activities are also growing.
On March 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the basics of Russia's state policy in the Arctic until 2035. The primary national interests of the Russian Federation in the Arctic include ensuring sovereignty and territorial integrity, preserving the Arctic as a territory of peace, and a stable and mutually beneficial partnership.