>> This will be the first foreign military deployment in Norway since World War II and it's got Russia riled. US Marines landing on Monday near Trondheim, Norway's third largest city. Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia has in the past questioned the need for the deployment, which will last for a year.
It also coincides with the US sending several thousand troops to Poland. As part of a NATO plan to beef up eastern European allies, worried about Moscow's assertiveness. Russia called that an aggressive step on its borders and a threat.>> Thank you very much sir.>> But Norway's home guards, who will host the new arrivals on their military base, have played down any link to concerns about Russia, as has the Defense Ministry in Oslo.
Arctic winter survival skills are the point they say. And the marines will go on the joint Viking exercises in March along with British troops. But Russia's Annexation of Crimea did rattle Norway. It's Defense Minister telling Reuters back in 2014, that it was clear Russia was willing to use military means to serve political goals.