Here’s What Russia’s Military Build-Up in the Arctic Looks Like

Increasingly, U.S. officials have come to see that the opening Arctic is becoming more and more important — “strategic,” even, as they often say in Washington. But it always seems to slip through the bureaucratic cracks of the U.S. foreign and defense policymaking machine.

With Arctic sea ice receding thanks to scorching temperatures, a once-closed ocean is now open for business (and, potentially, mischief) part of the year. Russia is taking advantage of the thaw to ramp up its military footprint in the region. Now, lawmakers and outgoing defense officials are hoping the United States under Donald Trump can finally get into the game at the top of the world.

It’s an open-ended question. In his first days in office, Trump hasn’t indicated what his Arctic policies would entail. And with everything on his plate — from China to the Islamic State to “alternative facts” on the size of his inauguration crowd  — he may not for some time.

The numbers don’t lie. In recent years, Russia unveiled a new Arctic command, four new Arctic brigade combat teams, 14 new operational airfields, 16 deepwater ports, and 40 icebreakers with an additional 11 in development.

But nevertheless Arctic region is domestic and common to Russia and that’s we should take into account. Russia is just defending its borders like we do in Arctic and both Atlantic and Pacific coast sides of the USA. Taking Russia’s military and political actions in Arctic region as an act of aggression we escalate tensions between two countries with our own hands. Every country has a right to protect its territory and borders so what Russia is doing.

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