It seems like Russia got a lot bolder since the Biden regime took over.
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in his latest statement warned Western countries that the Artic belongs to Russia.
Lavrov went on to say “It has been absolutely clear for everyone for a long time that this is our territory, this is our land”.
His comments are made just days before the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Iceland will all meet up for their annual Artic Council meeting.
While the US is worried about global warming and melting icebergs it looks as if Russia is looking forward to using the Artic as a strategic trade route and a way to build up their military infrastructure in the region too.
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 17, 2021
— Alexandre Krauss (@AlexandreKrausz) May 17, 2021
Yahoo News had more details to share on the story:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday warned Western countries against staking claims in the Arctic, as global warming makes the region more accessible and a site of global competition.
Lavrov’s comments came ahead of a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council that comprises Russia, the United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland on Wednesday and Thursday in Reykjavik.
“It has been absolutely clear for everyone for a long time that this is our territory, this is our land,” Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow.
“We are responsible for ensuring our Arctic coast is safe,” he said.
As climate change makes the Arctic more accessible, global interest in the region’s natural resources, its navigation routes and its strategic position has grown among members of the Arctic Council as well as China.
In a speech last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that Russia “is exploiting this change to try to exert control over new space,” including through modernising bases, and also pointed to a growing presence of China.
On Monday, he welcomed Denmark’s plans to boost its military presence in Greenland and the North Atlantic with $245 million worth of investments into surveillance drones and a radar station on the Faroe Islands.
President Vladimir Putin in recent years has made Russia’s Arctic region a strategic priority and ordered investment in military infrastructure and mineral extraction, exacerbating tensions with Arctic Council members.
#Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday cautioned Western nations against encroachment in the #Arctic, amid rising global interest and competition in the region. Read more: https://t.co/2igeCVlLSg
— Statecraft (@statecraftdaily) May 18, 2021
The Sun got the scoop too:
DEFIANT Russia has warned the West against staking a claim in the Arctic, after Vladimir Putin set up a remote subzero military base in a show of strength.
The Nagurskoye military airbase is heaving with missiles and radar while its extended runway is ready to fly nuclear-capable strategic bombers.
NATO is increasingly worried about the growing Russian military footprint in the Arctic, and Washington sent B-1 bombers to Norway this year.
“We hear whining about Russia expanding its military activities in the Arctic,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“But everyone knows that it’s our territory, our land.
“We bear responsibility for the Arctic coast to be safe, and everything our country does there is fully legitimate,” he added.
Russia is fiercely asserting its influence over wide areas of the Arctic in competition with the US, Canada, Denmark and Norway.
The US, several Nordic countries, and China have also made moves to protect their own interests in the High North https://t.co/fh0BeXKOBU
— Telegraph World News (@TelegraphWorld) May 18, 2021
Is the beginning of another Cold War?