Russian MoD Finalizing Modern Arctic Base

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Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu: Russia’s Arctic military grouping will be fully created by 2018.

Russian MoD Finalizing Modern Arctic Base

Photo: Russian Defense Ministry

The Russia’s Arctic military grouping will be fully created by 2018, Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu stated on Thursday.

“By 2018 we should completely finish the creation and arming of the entire Arctic grouping,” Russian Sputniknews agency cites Shoigu’s words at a press conference in the Russian Geographical Society.

Accroding to the Russian official, the creation of a military base on the Arctic island Kotelny in the Novosibirsk Archipelago is almost completed.

“We’re not hiding this from anyone, we have practically finished creating the base in the Novosibirsk Archipelago, on the island of Kotelny. This is a really large base that was never seen during the Soviet times, and it has modern equipment, all of the needed equipment for these boundaries,” he said.

Smaller bases will also be placed on Wrangler Island, Cape Schmidt, on the eastern coast of Chukotka, and in the Kirill Islands.

The SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence team is offreing next products explaining the balance of powers and the Russian strategy in Arctic:

  • Russian Military Map: The Joint Strategic Command ‘North’: The map shows the territorial and military situation in the Arctic and describes the Russian military devepolmets in the region.
  • The Battle for ArcticShould the situation in the Arctic erupt into a military conflict? What form will the ongoing standoff take?

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