Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
FFS why is this news??
It's not like Russia/USSR hasn't ahd an arctic fleet for a few hundred years -
Why wouldn't they have bases ALONG THEIR OWN COAST??
Just because something a country is doing makes perfect sense, extending their ability for control in the Russian Arctic, doesn't make it not news.
The Japanese extending control over Manchuria for resources in the late 20s and early 30s made perfect sense. That was news though. This may not be as
controversial as my example but I like being better informed about the geopolitical situation. I for one hadn't given much thought to the area before
reading this thread and I came away from it informed.
Sure, the Russians have been operating in the Arctic for centuries, but now they are expanding their ability to keep ships fueled and supplied in the
more remote regions of the Northern Sea Passage, which has become more accessible in the last decade. It will only become more so.
They are planning to do such things as "create several infrastructure hubs along the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic to be used as temporary stations
for Russian warships and border guard vessels"
and to "to deploy a combined-arms force by 2020 to guard its political and economic interests in the Arctic"
"Combined Arms" means air force and ground assets will be deployed into the Russian Arctic to supplement that navy that has been operating in the
region since forever. That seems novel enough to qualify as news for me.
Also, there is a lot of money going into this region,
In April, the Russian government unveiled plans to spend around 1.3 trillion rubles ($44 billion) on economic and social projects in the Arctic
before 2020. According to the Russian Ministry for Regional Development, the projects will include the creation of new transportation corridors and
the development of new hydrocarbon deposits and social infrastructure in the region. The private sector is expected to contribute some 80 billion
rubles ($2.7 billion) to the projects.
I guess you didn't read the article because it wasn't news though
I find it kind of repulsive that you insult the OP like that so that you can feed your sumg-ass sense of superiority instead of, you know,
contributing to the forum
edit on 7-8-2012 by Mkoll because: (no reason given)