Russian Policy Towards the Arctic

Russian Policy Towards the Arctic

Written on 12/14/2018



  • Russia under Vladimir Putin regards the Arctic as a strategically important region whose assets may make it play a key role.
  • From Russia’s perspective, all ongoing climate changes “pave the way” for the development of shipping and profitable exploitation of energy resources in the Arctic region, though, due to the melting permafrost, they may pose a threat to the local land infrastructure.
  • Simultaneously, there takes place Russia’s unprecedented militarization of the Arctic that may allow Moscow to act unilaterally in the event of any further erosion of international order, also regarding reinforced claims for the Arctic continental shelf.


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