Nordic countries huddle together as world gets bigger
Rahvusvahelised uudised 06 Dec 2010  EWR
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Andrew Rettman

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - A Nato-style 'musketeer' clause and closer consular co-operation could form part of a new Nordic alliance, foreshadowing future developments inside the EU.

Few people know the High North security environment like Estonian MP Tarmo Kõuts. As a junior officer in the Soviet merchant navy in the 1970s, Mr Kõuts shipped timber through the Kara Sea and the Barents Sea to Europe. After Estonia gained independence he helped to build its armed forces, rising to the rank of vice admiral, before going into politics. In 2007 he watched reports as a Russian submarine planted a titanium flag on the seabed under the North Pole.

"This operation was a sign from the Russians. It said: 'We are here. We are the first and it belongs to us.' If we are talking about the Arctic Ocean, they have quite a significant naval capability in Murmansk and in many other points in Arctic waters," he said.

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