Special forces troops from Russia's Republic of Chechnya take part in arctic training exercises. Natural rough cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Footage released by the Interior Ministry of Russia's Republic of Chechnya shows around twenty soldiers of the Chechen special forces "Flying Squad" taking part in exercises near the North Pole. They are seen parachuting, hiking nearly 130 kilometres in the snow and carrying out live fire exercises to destroy enemy command posts. The drills were lead by aide to the Chechen Republic's forces and Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov, Daniil Martynov. The Ukraine crisis has triggered the worst stand-off between Russia and the West since the Cold War, with tensions particularly high in central-eastern Europe and the waters around the Nordic region where Moscow has stepped up military drills. In March Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Navy's Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises in Russia's Arctic North apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighbouring Norway, a NATO member. Nordic nations have agreed to boost defence ties and work more closely with the Baltic states to counter what they see as a Russian threat. Moscow says its moves are a response to increased NATO activity in the region.