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Government to Establish Airfield to Boost Arctic Presence
Moscow Times ^ | 09/15/2013 | Alexander Bratersky

Posted on 09/15/2013 10:49:28 PM PDT by TexGrill

The Defense Ministry will establish a permanent airfield in the Arctic as part of Russia's plan to boost its presence in the oil- and gas-rich Arctic Ocean and facilitate shipping on the Northern Sea Route, officials said at a meeting chaired by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The ministry announced the plans following a journey of several Northern Fleet ships, including the Peter the Great nuclear-powered missile cruiser, in the Arctic late last week.

"We have come, and we'll stay there forever. This is the beginning of a big journey," First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said.

"Our presence will lower the potential for conflicts in the Arctic," a military official told The Moscow Times.

The airfield is expected to fully function by November and will be located near the New Siberian Islands Archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea.

Military officials said the new facility would be built at an old military airfield abandoned in 1991 and would receive An-72 and An-74 transport aircraft as well as Il-76 cargo planes.

"You all know our plans for the upcoming year and the tasks set by our commander in chief," Shoigu said, referring to President Vladimir Putin.

Putin stated in 2011 that the Northern Sea Route might become more useful than the Suez Canal for commercial freight transportation. The government has developed the strategy to develop the route up to 2030 as a part of broader government transportation policy passed in 2008.

(Excerpt) Read more at themoscowtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Military/Veterans; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: russiaeconomy
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1 posted on 09/15/2013 10:49:28 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

[”Our presence will lower the potential for conflicts in the Arctic,” a military official told The Moscow Times.]

Say what?


2 posted on 09/15/2013 11:14:05 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: TexGrill

Maybe they want to get Alaska back


3 posted on 09/15/2013 11:17:01 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

If Russia wants Alaska back, let them come an get it. I’m certain odumbo and his demodummy buddies will easily hand it over without any struggle.


4 posted on 09/16/2013 3:46:55 AM PDT by Progov
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