U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks to the Press after a meeting with business leaders at the US Ambassador to Ireland Edward Crawford residence in Dublin, Ireland September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Lorraine O’Sullivan
REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Iceland on Wednesday that Russia and China are increasingly active across the Arctic region.
Amid growing divisions in the polar region over melting ice and access to minerals, the United States has expressed concerns that Russia is behaving aggressively in the Arctic and said China’s actions there have to be watched closely as well.
Reporting by Alexandra Alper in Reykjavik; Editing by Catherine Evans