November 6, 2013
The Russian military is planning to form a squadron of warships with ice-breaking capability by 2014 to protect vital shipping routes in the Arctic, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.
“I hope we will find additional capability to transport cargo in the Arctic, including support of ships moving along the Arctic routes,” Shoigu said at a video-conferencing session at the Defense Ministry.
New equipment will also be provided for infantry forces to fight in the region, he said.
The Arctic, believed to have vast untapped natural resources, has increasingly been at thecenter of disputes between Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States in recent years. Rising temperatures are causing a reduction in sea ice cover, providing easier access to lucrative offshore oil and gas deposits.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:13 am