Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Coldest War

A good read from the Daily Mail summarising the political and military manoeuvrings over the Arctic. The estimated great untapped oil and gas reserves up there at the North Pole and Russia's desire to get it's hands on it.

A number of other countries have territory which borders on the Arctic region however and representatives from these countries have met which Russia's continental shelf claims which would give it a large chunk of the Arctic region disputed by other countries. A revised Russian security strategy lists the Arctic region as a "key region of conflict".

So is the Cold War back, this time literally, certainly Bears continue to be intercepted by NATO fighters as they approach NATO territory, such as this example with Canada.

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