The Greenpeace International ship, Arctic Sunrise, in Murmansk after its crew was arrested in September 2013 (photo: dpa)

Russia puts military force before commerce as the Arctic ice melts

The melting of the Arctic ice cap presents Russia with huge opportunities, ranging from energy resources to a Northern Sea Route and the opening of vast new territory. But the Kremlin is deploying warships, troops and aircraft to the region, claiming that security threats include illegal trafficking, mass crime and terrorism. Moscow’s main objective there appears to be military rather than commercial.

<em>The Arctic has become a scene of international conflict and cooperation because of global warming. The race is on to stake claims to extended continental shelves, extract vast energy resources and de...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
As the temperature rises, it is not only the ice cover that melts. The frozen coastline will be transformed into a zone of bogs and marshes where construction of infrastructure will be very difficult
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