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Two Russian mini-submarines have reached the seabed below the North Pole on a mission aimed at boosting Moscow's claims to the Arctic, reports say. A Russian official said the "risky and heroic" mission was comparable to "putting a flag on the Moon".
The two mini-submarines were brought to the North Pole by the two ships in the Russian expedition - a nuclear-powered ice-breaker and a research vessel. Russian media reported last week that the ships were briefly tailed by foreign aircraft, but this claim was played down by the expedition leader.