Russia to deploy 2 army brigades in Arctic

The Arctic may hold up to a quarter of the Earth

From the AP:  Russia’s defense minister says the military will deploy two army brigades to help protect the nation’s interests in the Arctic. . . .

[Anatoly] Serdyukov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Friday the brigades could be based in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk or other areas.

From Thomas Grove, Reuters:  Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia would boost its presence in the region to protect its interests.

"As for our own geo-political interests (in the Arctic) are concerned, we shall be protecting them firmly and consistently," Putin told a meeting of his ruling United Russia party on Thursday in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.  (photo: French Ministry of Defense)


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