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Sunday, 26 June 2016 00:00

Russia to dominate Arctic Ocean

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Russia is the only country to use nuclear-powered icebreakers. There are six of these ships in active service, with the seventh and largest, named Arktika, soon to be deployed. On June 16, the hull of the ship was floated out of the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg, nearly three years after the keel had been laid. Ruslan Shamukov/TASS At 586 feet, the Arktika is more than 60 feet longer than the largest operating icebreaker, Russia’s 50 Let Pobedy. It is also the most powerful one. Equipped with two special RITM-200 nuclear-power reactors, Arktika will boast 60 megawatts (MW) of propulsion…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Crises come and go, but Arctic - eternal

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Despite all what is happening today political developments, the Arctic is not overshadowed, on the contrary, its development remains one of our most essential tasks. This is a huge and very important region for our country. Arctic for us terra incognita, and must be explored and colonized in the best sense of the word, becoming our most promising territory.Working as a permanent representative of the Russian Federation to NATO in 2010, I noticed some sharp debate in the North-Atlantic Alliance over the Arctic. Then very actively raised the topic of climate change related ice melt and enhance the navigation in…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

The Arctic as a region of strategic importance

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One of the most important both from the economic and from the geostrategic point of view the world regions are the Arctic, the development of which in recent years becomes very high value. The important role in the development of historically belongs to Russia, much of which includes areas of the Arctic region.The region's economic potential is huge. Potential reserves of natural energy resources in the Arctic zone are measured in volume: 90 billion barrels of oil, accounting for 13% of undiscovered world oil reserves, is 47.3 trillion m3 of natural gas, accounting for 30% of the world's undiscovered gas…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Features analysis on the Arctic region

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At the present time in the struggle for the resources of the far North with approximately five "official" Arctic powers (Russia, USA, Canada, Denmark, Norway), having a coast on the Arctic ocean, have prior rights to develop resources in the Arctic. In the competition for presence in the Arctic region are struggling regional States that do not have direct access to the Arctic ocean, but are located in close proximity to the Arctic circle (Iceland, Sweden and Finland) that were included in the Arctic Council (AC) and the Council of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), which is the leading subregional…
Currently one of the most important drivers of global geopolitical processes is to compete on the world stage for the development and extraction of non-renewable natural resources.The political establishment of major world powers, considering the Arctic as a resource base in the face of shrinking reserves of mineral resources (energy resources).According to the conclusions of the expert community, at the bottom of the Arctic ocean is about 25 percent of the world's oil and gas reserves and rich deposits of diamonds, gold, platinum, tin, manganese, Nickel and lead. In addition, water of the Arctic is rich in biological natural resources.In…
In April 2015, the presidency of the Arctic Council passed from Canada, which held the position for the last two years, to the United States for the same period. Should we expect any change in the work of this international forum and how the multilateral cooperation in the Arctic is developing, explained Vladimir Barbin, Ambassador at Large of Russian MFA and Russia’s representative to the Arctic Council. - Vladimir Vladimirovich, should we expect any changes in the model of cooperation between the Arctic states during the United States presidency of the Arctic Council? I think that we should not expect…