What ARE the Russians up to? NATO fears grow over why ‘research vessels’ sent by Moscow have taken over mothballed secret Arctic base in mountain hideaway

Sunday, April 5, 2015
By Paul Martin

Three Russian ships that docked in Olavsvern Naval Base for the entire winter
Base which was shut down in 2009 is nestled deep inside mountainous region
Norway’s military fears Russian presence on ‘strategically important’ coastline

4 April 2015

Concerns are growing over Russian ships that have docked in a once-secret naval base in the Arctic.

Military leaders in Norway are nervous about its powerful neighbour’s presence on its ‘strategically important’ coastline following a spike in tensions between Russia and NATO nations.

Some experts have criticised the shutting down of Olavsvern Naval Base – a huge complex buried in mountainous terrain near the town of Tromsoe – which has been closed since 2009.

But fears have once again peaked after three Russian ships spent the entire winter docked deep within the mountain hideaway which was once a heavily guarded military facility.

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