Russia wants to strengthen its positions in the Arctic

Russia wants to strengthen its positions in the Arctic

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Russia wants to strengthen its positions in the Arctic, both economically and militarily, according to a new Russian naval doctrine, signed Sunday by Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Fleet Day Russian. 

The Arctic is “being transformed into a region of international competition, not only from an economic point of view, but also from a military point of view”, states this doctrine, signed with great pomp as part of a naval parade in Saint Petersburg (north-west).

Given these factors, Russia will strengthen “its leading positions in the exploration and conquest of the Arctic” and its mineral deposits, and ensure its “strategic stability” in the area by strengthening the military potential of the fleets Russian North and Pacific, says the document.

In the Arctic, the country also wants to “fully develop the Northern Sea Route”, also called the Northeast Passage, which connects Europe to Asia along the Russian coast, to turn it into a ” secure and competitive that would work all year round”, according to the doctrine.

 Russia wants to strengthen its positions in the Arctic

Russia wants to strengthen its positions in the Arctic

The 55-page document also denounces the desire of the United States to “dominate in world waters” and the “approach of the military infrastructures of the Russia's borders”, calling these phenomena “main threats” for Russia.

Moscow considers the Atlantic Alliance, its old enemy of the Cold War, as an existential threat, and justified its offensive in Ukraine in particular by Kyiv's Atlanticist ambitions and Western political and military support for this neighbor of Russia.