Putin orders to beef up Russia’s Arctic military presence

Putin orders to beef up Russia’s Arctic military presence

PanARMENIAN.Net - Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his military leadership they should build up their forces in the Arctic as a priority, according to BBC News.

Commending the recent restoration of an airfield in the region, he said Russia needed to use every means to protect its national interests in the region. He was speaking after Canada announced plans to claim the continental shelf under the North Pole.

Putin has spoken about the need to increase Russia's military capacity in the Arctic before but this was one of his most direct orders yet.

According to BBC, it is a sign of the growing maneuvering by the Arctic nations for the potentially valuable resources beneath the northern seas.

The Arctic is estimated to have 30% of the world's undiscovered gas and 15% of the undiscovered oil. Climate change and advances in drilling technology mean these reserves are becoming easier and cheaper to exploit.

Related links:
 Top stories
U.S. Central Command said C-130 transport aircraft had made "multiple" drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.
The president will aim to show the U.S. public and allies abroad that he is committed to a plan to "degrade" and "destroy" the group.
Cazeneuve said authorities are monitoring a French member of the Islamic State group identified by the U.S. State Department.
The campaign expands upon the airstrikes the United States has been conducting against the militants in Iraq since early August.
Partner news
Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921

Operation Nemesis was a covert operation by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation carried out from 1920 to 1922, during which a number of former Ottoman political and military figures were assassinated for their role in the Armenian Genocide.