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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #75 on: January 28, 2016, 22:38:09 »
Another Russian polar base:

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Russia will start building new Tiksi airbase in Arctic in 2017
 
Russia will start building the Tiksi airfield in the Arctic in 2017, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said on Monday. In all, 44 airfields will be reconstructed before 2020, he added. "The Temp airfield in the Arctic can receive even Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft [NATO reporting name: Candid] now. We are currently working on the Nagurskoye aerodrome that will also receive Il-76 aircraft," the commander said.

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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #76 on: February 14, 2016, 12:40:47 »
More on Putin's polar pivot:

NATO Association official page

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Of Fire and Ice: Russia’s Militarization of the Arctic
Aleksi Korpela, Eastern Europe and Russia, NATO's Arc of Crisis, Russia, The Arctic February 4, 2016 Aleksi Korpela

Russian modernization and militarization of its Arctic region has been received with suspicion. While not all Russian designs in the Arctic are contentious, the erection of military bases and deployment of forces rings ominous to contiguous states and those with Arctic possessions or interests. This issue has become especially controversial in the last few years, as Russia has expanded its military infrastructure following the creation of a new strategic district: the Arctic Joint Strategic Command (OSK).

The Arctic OSK became operational on December 1, 2014. It is currently one of five OSKs that divide up the Russian Federation into military regions. The Arctic OSK was established to facilitate the development of polar capabilities for the Russian Armed Forces, while simultaneously developing civil infrastructure for economic and search and rescue (SAR) purposes. It is comprised of Russian ground, naval, and air forces, and its headquarters are located in Arkhangelsk.

Russia’s military activities in the Arctic can be categorized into five activities: building airbases, deep-water ports, and SAR stations; deploying air defence systems; force modernization; and military exercises. S
ince 2014, these activities have significantly intensified. Russia’s desired end state is to have a total of 50 bases by 2020 throughout the Arctic region.

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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #77 on: February 15, 2016, 01:36:28 »
More on Putin's polar pivot:

NATO Association official page

We should offer to keep them supplied with poutine. The troops will seek asylum in mere days... :)
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #78 on: February 15, 2016, 11:34:44 »
What terrorism activities are ongoing in Murmansk?

I say good for them. Russia, (like Canada,Norway, Finland, Sweden, The United States, and Denmark)has the right to build bases and station forces, equipment and other military assets within their own domestic Arctic territory.  It would appear that Canada is the only country that has no real permanent or rapid reaction Arctic defence capability, ridiculous AOPs ships notwithstanding. (CFS Alert is a much degraded asset and the Rangers, while valuable, are not tasked with the mission set required to "repel boarders", (or borders), take your pick :)

It's a good thing the Ukraine territory does not touch the Arctic. Putin would have taken that too.
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #79 on: February 15, 2016, 11:38:46 »
What terrorism activities are ongoing in Murmansk?

I say good for them. Russia, (like Canada,Norway, Finland, Sweden, The United States, and Denmark)has the right to build bases and station forces, equipment and other military assets within their own domestic Arctic territory.  It would appear that Canada is the only country that has no real permanent or rapid reaction Arctic defence capability, ridiculous AOPs ships notwithstanding. (CFS Alert is a much degraded asset and the Rangers, while valuable, are not tasked with the mission set required to "repel boarders", (or borders), take your pick :)

It's a good thing the Ukraine territory does not touch the Arctic. Putin would have taken that too.

We don't really need to 'invade' our own arctic regions to claim these territories. For some reason, those crazy Inuit folks apparently like being Canadian :)
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #80 on: February 15, 2016, 11:44:20 »
True. Can they speak Russian though? :)
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #81 on: May 04, 2020, 13:39:53 »
Post giving 2020 update on Russia in Arctic:

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The Bear’s Arctic Build-Up (not aimed at North American portion), Part 2
https://mark3ds.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/the-bears-arctic-build-up-not-aimed-at-north-american-portion-part-2/

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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #82 on: May 04, 2020, 15:46:19 »
Post giving 2020 update on Russia in Arctic:

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Nice digs, can support 150 troops. In reality about 50 troops are actually stationed there.
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #83 on: May 04, 2020, 16:02:49 »
Nice digs, can support 150 troops. In reality about 50 troops are actually stationed there.

Almost looks like a space base out of Star Trek or something  ;)!

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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #84 on: May 04, 2020, 16:04:38 »
Almost looks like a space base out of Star Trek or something  ;)!

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If I was a betting man, its probably optimized for efficiency and heat. Perhaps we should order a few prefab from the Russians.
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #85 on: May 12, 2020, 18:31:50 »
In anticipation of increased sea traffic in the Arctic Ocean and its peripheral seas, Russia has bolstered its Arctic military presence in recent years. It has reopened abandoned Soviet-era military installations, invested in the construction of new military bases and icebreakers, increased troop presence and Arctic military drills, and established advanced radar stations. Such actions have triggered discussions about Russian intentions in the Arctic, often described as revisionist and aggressive. How concerned should the West be?Any military build-up is generally not an end goal in itself but a manifestation of national interests and priorities. With this in mind, Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic can be analysed against three priorities pursued by Moscow. First, to ensure perimeter defence of the Kola Peninsula and the survivability of second-strike nuclear assets. Second, to protect Russia’s commercial interests in its Arctic zone. And third, to address socio-economic and demographic challenges facing its polar regions. In examining these in turn, it is clear there is much more to Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic than mere muscle-flexing.


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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #86 on: May 12, 2020, 21:06:04 »
Hmmm. So Russia's action, according to this think-tank analysis, are defensive and benign?
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #87 on: May 26, 2020, 20:03:52 »
Russia has the right and obligation to secure their Arctic region and manage vessel and air movements there. It's where their jurisdiction butts up against others is where potentiel aggression and friction appear.

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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #88 on: May 28, 2020, 01:23:42 »
Russia has the right and obligation to secure their Arctic region and manage vessel and air movements there. It's where their jurisdiction butts up against others is where potential aggression and friction appear.

They're also paranoid, mainly about Chinese expansion it seems:

China, Russia, and Arctic Geopolitics

China’s burgeoning role in the Arctic could translate into direct competition with Russia.

Russia’s involvement in the region is to be expected, as one of the eight countries with territory above the Arctic Circle — and vast territory at that, with thousands of miles of coastline. Moscow’s involvement has been significant and long-lasting, with Russia advocating for the development of the Northern Sea Route along its Siberian coast as an alternative to southern routes through the Suez Canal and investing in the construction of the only icebreakers capable of operating in the Arctic Ocean.

China is a less obvious player in the Arctic, with its closest territory some 5,000 miles by sea from the Bering Strait. Even so, China has in recent years pressed for a greater role in Arctic affairs, becoming one of the 13 observer states of the Arctic Council in 2013. In 2018, China released an official white paper entitled “China’s Arctic Policy” — a step that in and of itself signals the country’s intent to play a larger role in the region — in which it outlines its priorities in the Arctic and describes itself as a “near-Arctic state.”

The cooperation between China and Russia in recent years adds an intriguing complexity to Arctic geopolitics. Experts are divided on whether the warming of Sino-Russian relations is a true strategic alliance or merely a marriage of convenience. Proponents of the former point to the numerous agreements signed between the two countries — punctuated by the personal friendship of the two nations’ leaders — and the two sides’ common voting record on the United Nations Security Council. Skeptics reason that Russia and China often have diverging goals despite mutual interests and remain distrustful of each others’ intentions. In this paper, we focus on the long-term outlook for the Sino-Russian relationship regarding the Arctic.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/03/china-russia-and-arctic-geopolitics/
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Re: Russia's Arctic Militarization (merged)
« Reply #89 on: May 28, 2020, 13:29:14 »

The cooperation between China and Russia in recent years adds an intriguing complexity to Arctic geopolitics. Experts are divided on whether the warming of Sino-Russian relations is a true strategic alliance or merely a marriage of convenience. Proponents of the former point to the numerous agreements signed between the two countries — punctuated by the personal friendship of the two nations’ leaders — and the two sides’ common voting record on the United Nations Security Council. Skeptics reason that Russia and China often have diverging goals despite mutual interests and remain distrustful of each others’ intentions. In this paper, we focus on the long-term outlook for the Sino-Russian relationship regarding the Arctic.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/03/china-russia-and-arctic-geopolitics/

There is no long term strategic alliance.  They have to many competing priorities.  A world dominated by China would be a bigger problem then a world dominated by the US.  After all the US is far away and generally isolationist.  China is next door and cranky.