Washington is concerned by the statements of Russia on international waters in the Arctic region, said on Monday at a press conference in Finland, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

“We are concerned by the statements of Russia on the international waters of the North sea route, including its Association with the Chinese Silk route. Moscow illegally demands from other countries for permission to proceed along the Northern sea route, requires that the Russian skippers were on Board of foreign vessels and threatens to use military force to those who do not agree with their demands,” said U.S. Secretary of state.

“These provocative actions are part of the aggressive policy of Russia in the Arctic,” he said.