Russia Building ‘Arc Of Steel’

Improving Russian naval power is aimed at challenging NATO, top admiral says.

US: Russia Building ‘Arc Of Steel’ From Arctic To Med

By Christoper P. Cavas

WASHINGTON — A resurgent Russia is creating an “arc of steel” meant to challenge and confront NATO, a top US naval officer warned Tuesday.

“We are observing the manifestation of a more aggressive, more capable Russian Navy,” Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander of US Naval Forces Europe and commander of the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, said in Washington. “It is naval capability focused directly on addressing the perceived advantages of NATO navies. And they are signaling us and warning us that the maritime domain is contested.”

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