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Will Putin Take North Pole Next? (AGW Helping)

From the National Journal:

Is Vladimir Putin Coming for the North Pole Next?

By Marina Koren | March 27, 2014

… Russia’s appetite for territory does not end at its southern shores. The country is hungry for more control over the top of the globe, and has been for a long time.

It has been ever thus. In fact, the famous Russian word for peace is ‘mir.’ It is also the same word for ‘the world.’ So when Russians say they ‘want peace,’ they are also saying they ‘want the world.’

Five countries stretch into the region called the Arctic: Russia, Canada, and the United States, by way of Alaska; and Norway and Denmark, through Greenland. No country has yet laid full claim to the entire region, which includes the North Pole and is home to 15 percent of the world’s oil, a third of its undiscovered natural gas, and, depending on your age, Santa Claus…

If you are older and a Democrat, Santa lives in Washington, DC.

The five nations, along with Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, are members of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum created in 1996 to facilitate cooperation among Arctic states, as well as communities indigenous to the area…

Thanks to global warming, the Arctic has become a hot spot for economic development in recent years. The more sea ice melts away, the more water there is for cargo ships to cross and for rigs to drill into to reach vast untapped natural gas and oil reserves.

For some odd reason it’s never mentioned that if there were more global warming, the Russians might not be so hell-bent on protecting their naval base in Crimea, which is their only warm water port. (That is, their only port that is (ice free all year around.) Comrade Putin must be a ‘denier.’

Last year, China, India, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, as well as the European Union, Greenpeace, and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, all applied for a seat at the Arctic Council.

Does Greenpeace want to drill or do they just want to shakedown anyone who does drill?

The race for the Arctic is quietly underway, and Russia seems to be winning so far. This is especially troubling for the rest of the North Pole… It also doesn’t help that all of Russia’s Arctic neighbors are NATO members.

Actually, in a better world, that would help.

If the other Arctic states have learned something from the Ukraine crisis, it’s that the Russians will protect what they feel is rightfully theirs.

And by ‘protect,’ they mean ‘take by force.’

Russian territory accounts for about half of the Arctic region, but there’s a lot more to the country’s lead in the game than size. In 2001, Moscow sent the first-ever territorial claim for the North Pole to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, which defines nations’ rights in the world’s oceans. The commission told Russia that it needed more scientific evidence that the Arctic shelf is part of the country’s landmass, and a decision has not yet been made…

If there’s another thing the Arctic states have learned from the Ukraine crisis, it’s that Moscow will risk political isolation to preserve its domestic influence… When Canada, Russia’s Arctic rival, announced in December that it plans to submit its own claim for additional Arctic territory, including the North Pole, Putin responded immediately. The next day, Putin ordered an increased military presence in the region, including troops and infrastructure.

Russia lost some of its Arctic power after the Cold War, when the region served as a nuclear battlefront. Now, Russia plans to restore abandoned Soviet-era airfields in the Arctic and turn the region into a strategic natural-resource base by 2020. The country’s naval presence there is already greater than it was in the 1990s. And as we learned from Moscow’s protection of the Black Sea Fleet base in Crimea, maritime power is key…

In December, Putin said militarizing the Arctic is crucial to protecting the country’s "national and strategic interests." Sound familiar?

All too. But what woke up the National Journal?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 28th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Will Putin Take North Pole Next? (AGW Helping)”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Well, yes. It’s been in the papers for several years ..

  2. Right of the People says:

    I’d like to see Greenpeace try to stop the Russians if they start drilling.

  3. captstubby says:

    Russia Builds Up Arctic Forces as Resource Fight Intensifies
    By Yekaterina Kravtsova
    Dec. 25 2013 00:00

  4. yadayada says:

    meanwhile our naval forces shrink.

  5. canary says:

    And to think China wants military bases in the Arctic too and they are building big high speed war ships that has even Vietnam so worried they gave Kerry a fishing boat on his recent visit to travel down memory lane when he wasn’t lecturing them on human right issue for trying to give the growing hard core muslim population the boot.

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