As tensions between the U.S. & Russia rise to their highest since the Cold War and with threats of a third World War looming, the Obama Administration is reportedly planning to deploy over 300 Marines in Norway, along the country’s Russian border. Russian officials feel that the decision could worsen the faltering relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Tensions between the two superpowers have been elevating ever since the Russian Military intervened in Syria, effectively driving U.S. forces out of the region.
This is the first time a foreign military will be operating in Norwegian soil since World War II. According to the International Business Times, the Marines will be operating out of the Vaernes military Base in central Norway, and will be involved in Arctic condition training and drills. Vaernes military Base lies only 600 miles from the Russian border, and according to the commander of U.S. Marines in Europe, Major General Niel Nelson, the presence of the Marines in the area will effectively improve “NATO’s ability to rapidly aggregate and employ forces in northern Europe.”