A cadet in the unique Russian Arctic Infantry Far East Higher Military Command School during shooting range exercises (photo: dpa)

Russia flexes military muscle in Arctic even as money grows tight

Russia’s strategic goals in the Arctic are to secure current and potential energy resources and to maintain military superiority above the Arctic Circle. While the threat of armed conflict among the Arctic powers remains low, the international community should consider the implications of Moscow’s military build-up in the region in light of its recent aggression in Ukraine.

The Arctic region encompasses the lands and territorial waters of eight countries - Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States - spread across three continents. Of these Arctic countries, Russia is the largest, accounting for half of all territory north of the Arctic Circle.

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 Luke Coffey
The US is only starting to wake up to the fact that it has vital national security interests in the Arctic. Primary responsibility for the security of Arctic waters is assigned to the US Coast Guard, although the military also plays an important role
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