Arctic – the zone of confrontation

When Nezavisimaya gazeta published an article entitled “Arctic – the zone of confrontation”, I paid scant attention assuming that it was just an effort to remind that Ukraine was not everything. But then Putin held the meeting of the Security Council and ordered to set up a super-commission that would supervise all Arctic policies. Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Sec-Council clarified that all new military infrastructure in the Arctic zone would be dual-use. I presume Western investors are thrilled with the opportunity for share port facilities with the Russian Navy. Worries about Canada’s decision to boycott the Arctic Council meetings in Moscow come very clear here.

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