US strategic bombers B-1B Lancer first arrived in Norway directly from Dyce airbase in Texas
RIGA, Feb. 23 – Sputnik. According to the US Air Force Command in Europe and Africa, strategic bombers B-1B Lancer from 7th Squadron from Dyce Air Force Base in Texas arrived in Norway, at Erland Air Base in Trøndelag County, reports RIA Novosti.
For the first time, the United States is deploying bombers to Norway. It is noted that they flew to the exercises.
According to General Jeffrey Harrigian, Commander of the US Air Force Europe, in the release, the US military “is waiting to be able to conduct operations from this new location and carry out the mission in a new environment.”
“Exercises with allies such as Norway allow us to hone our deterrence and defense skills and enhance stability in the region,” the release said.
Earlier, Christian Seby Christensen, senior fellow at the Center for Military Studies at Copenhagen University, spoke to Nettavisen about the dilemma faced by Norway. It turns out that the country has to choose between relations with Russia and the United States.
And I do not seem to want to strain relations with the Russian side, but at the same time it is difficult to refuse the Americans. And for an alliance with the United States you have to pay, Christensen pointedly pointed out.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the situation, said that Oslo’s plans to deploy American strategic bombers at its airbase near Trondheim are regarded by Moscow as another step towards increasing military activity in the region.
And Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a conference with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Sereide, said that the advancement of NATO’s military infrastructure to the borders of the Russian Federation is fraught with negative consequences for the Arctic.