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originally posted by: alienjuggalo
In America in the 70s and 80s we were conditioned to hate Russia.
When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.
Russia portrayed the takeover as reclamation of its rightful territory, drawing no attention to the oil and gas rush that had recently been heating up in the Black Sea. But the move also extended Russia’s maritime boundaries, quietly giving Russia dominion over vast oil and gas reserves while dealing a crippling blow to Ukraine’s hopes for energy independence.
originally posted by: NightFlight
a reply to: Greathouse
Uh, Russia nor Putin seized Crimea. The Crimeans VOTED to re-join Christian Russia.
On July 4th, Russian Aircraft were intercepted 50 miles away from Alaskan coast and half an hour later another two planes of the coast of California.
How close is Alaska to Russia?
The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. However in the body of water between Alaska and Russia, known as the Bering Strait, there lies two small islands known as Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Interestingly enough, Big Diomede is owned by Russia while Little Diomede is owned by the US. The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the US to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.