Dear High North News reader! The USA’s Arctic Army is upgrading to operate in the Arctic, while Finland and Sweden have taken their respective first steps towards NATO.
U.S. Army Alaska is upgrading to operate better in the High North.
“This will be an Arctic Airborne Division, which is unique in our army”, says Major General Brian Eifler, who is currently in the inland areas in Troms, Norway.
He says to HNN that the USA now sees a need for Arctic capacities in its army and that the US Army Alaska now makes major changes in order to operate better in the High North.
These news came at the same time as Finland and Sweden have applied for NATO membership. Their actions are supported by a unified group of Nordic countries, including the Finnish people.
On the High North Tour, our Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm met Finnish Katarina Turunen, who lives just a very few miles from the Russian border. Something she never really thought about until now. Today, she welcomes Finnish NATO membership.
The Swedish PM made it clear that Sweden has no interest in remaining outside the NATO alliance as the only country in the Nordic region, and Swedens foreign minister referred to the event as a historic day for Sweden.
Militarization and famine
In this week’s Friday commentary, Holm focuses on the destroying and far-reaching consequences of Russia and Putin’s war against Ukraine, referring to it as “a kind of madness that hits the world far beyond the reach of their respective missiles”.
Climate and cooperation
And while the sanctions against Russia can be increasingly felt, Norway directs its gaze towards the EU.
“The Green Shift will be the new engine in the Arctic”, Norwegian Climate and Environment Minister Espen Barth Eide (Labor) says to High North News. Now, the Norwegian government wants to enter into dialogue about the EU’s ban on exploiting oil and gas in the Arctic.
Companies in Norway keep supplying smolt and fish feed to Russian fish-farming companies.
And despite talk of an alternative to the Arctic Council, USA’s Arctic Coordinator confirms to HNN that there are no plans to change the structure or membership of the Council.
The HNN's editorial staff wishes you all the best for the weekend!
Trine Jonassen, News Editor
This newsletter was originally written in Norwegian and has been translated by HNN's Elisabeth Bergquist.