COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark and the Faroe Islands agreed on Thursday to establish an aerial surveillance radar over the North Atlantic archipelago as part of efforts to monitor activities in the Arctic more closely, a the Danish Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The two originally announced a plan for the radar project in February 2021, but it became more urgent following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“(The radar) will benefit the community at a time when Europe’s security is threatened,” Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov said in a statement, although he did not mention the incident by name. Russia.

The radar will monitor the airspace between Iceland, Norway and Britain with a range of 300 to 400 kilometers, as part of Denmark’s plans to boost its defensive capabilities and surveillance in the Arctic.

The Faroe Islands, located some 320 kilometers north of Scotland, are a sovereign territory under the Kingdom of Denmark.

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Copenhagen and its Arctic neighbors have tried in recent decades to keep the Arctic region what they call a “low voltage” zone. But monitoring the vast area posed problems.

Denmark agreed earlier this week on a partnership to exchange Arctic monitoring data with Iceland.

(Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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