Tag Archives: Arctic Council

Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert

Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert

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Russia’s ambition to remain the Arctic superpower is propelling its all-out effort to guard its economic interests there with broad territorial claims over waterways and a continued military build-up in a region the United States often ignored, an expert on Arctic defense and security said Wednesday. Read More

Military Planners Should Map Out Operations in Warming Arctic Waters, Expert Says

Military Planners Should Map Out Operations in Warming Arctic Waters, Expert Says

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot polar icebreaker, transits to the Gulf of Alaska, July 20, 2021. Healy and its crew are currently on a 133-day deployment into the Arctic as part of a circumnavigation of North America to conduct Coast Guard missions and to support scientific research. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The United States reminds Canada and Russia often that Washington regards the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage as straits used for international navigation, not exclusively theirs to control, an international maritime law expert said Wednesday. Read More

Beijing Wants Arctic to Remain Peaceful, Chinese Diplomat Says

Beijing Wants Arctic to Remain Peaceful, Chinese Diplomat Says

The aurora borealis over Ice Camp Seadragon during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2020. US Navy Photo

China’s top diplomat overseeing Arctic affairs recently stressed that Beijing wants the region to remain peaceful and stable, but recognizes competition – primarily economic for now – is real on several levels. Read More

Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, met in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 7, 2019. Iceland Embassy photo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Iceland and last year’s Trident Juncture joint military exercise in the High North send a “clear signal” to the Kremlin that “we stick together,” Iceland’s foreign minister told a Washington think tank audience Thursday. Read More

Russian Foreign Minister: No Need for NATO in the Arctic

Russian Foreign Minister: No Need for NATO in the Arctic

USS New Mexico (SSN 779) surfaces through the arctic ice during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. US Navy Photo

USS New Mexico (SSN 779) surfaces through the arctic ice during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. US Navy Photo

There were no emerging problems in Arctic that require NATO involvement and, “moreover, there are no problems there which demand military decisions,” Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said in a foreign policy lecture on Monday. Read More