NATO allies wake up to Russian supremacy in the Arctic

Posted on AllSides November 16th, 2022
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The world's largest satellite ground station, on the Svalbard archipelago off Norway, is used by Western space agencies to gather vital signals from polar-orbiting satellites. This January, one of two fibre-optic cables on the Arctic seabed connecting Svalbard to the mainland was severed. Norway was forced to rely on a back-up link.

In April 2021, another cable – one used by a Norwegian research laboratory to monitor activity on the Arctic seafloor – was ripped away.

"This could have happened by accident," Norway's defence chief Eirik Kristoffersen told Reuters in...

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