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ARKHANGELSK, March 30. /TASS/. Moscow’s military activities in the Arctic region are contained locally and pose no threat to the global security, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the plenary meeting of the Arctic: the Territory of Dialogue forum.
"What we do, is contained locally, while what the US does in Alaska, it does on the global level," Putin noted. "They have been developing a missile defense system there while it is one of the most pressing security issues nowadays. It is not just a defense system but a part of the nuclear potential removed to a distant area," the Russian president added.
Putin also said that Russia’s activities in the Arctic were particularly aimed at restoring navigation in this part of the world as well as at ensuring its security. Putin said that the infrastructure facilities being set up there would be dual-use and even triple-use. It will provide a basis for the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s activities as well as for scientific research and the fight against environmental pollution.
"Moreover, we are completely open and invite everybody, including our US counterparts, to cooperate in this sphere," Putin added.