From the American continent, watch closely and anxiously as Russia deploys new military bases in the Arctic, builds specialized aviation and navy. Biting elbows and green with envy, the U.S. has to admit: the Russians in the North have not yet caught up. Russia is the sole owner of the nuclear icebreaker fleet, while the Americans have only one heavy icebreaker Polar Star, the replacement of which will be ready no earlier than 2024. The construction of Russian military bases is in full swing: in 2017, the Arctic shamrock base on Alexandra Land Island was opened, and in 2019 the closed-loop military base on Kotelny Island was opened. Plans are underway to establish four more Russian bases in the Arctic.
The land of the Arctic supremacy of Russia is not limited: the Russian Defense Ministry is moving Airborne troops and specialized aviation to the North. The Mi-8AMTSH-VA helicopter, nicknamed the “Arctic Terminator” for its ability to take off at -60 degrees Celsius, is already ready for use. Who owns the North – owns the resources! Ice is melting in the Arctic, which means that access to the vast natural resources of the Arctic depths, as well as the shortest route between the two hemispheres, will soon be opened. Deployed military bases and nuclear icebreakers speak louder than Trump’s most high-profile statements, including the purchase of Greenland. And despite the envious comments of Western analysts about the difficulties in providing Russian Arctic bases with electricity, food and other supplies, the real results show who is actually the master in the Far North.