Putin will expand Russia’s Arctic Program… but Why?

Wait, Russia has an “Arctic Program?! Yup! And President Vladimir Putin put forward an ambitious program to increase Russia’s foothold in the Arctic. The motives, once again, sound suspicious.

By now you must have read about the infamous Operation Highjump. Officially titled The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947. The primary mission, as reported by the army, was to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV. Many speculated that the true porpuse was to recover valuable knowlegde or objects there first hidden by the Nazis.

We also have plenty stories of military personal telling us that there are secret bases and even a pyramid. Maybe Russia wants to take over the operations? They are definitely putting money on the table.

According to Putin Russia wants to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.

“This is a realistic, well-calculated and concrete task,” Putin said. “We need to make the Northern sea route safe and commercially feasible.”

He noted that Russia, the only nation with a nuclear icebreaker fleet, is moving to expand it.

Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic as shrinking polar ice creates new opportunities for resource exploration and new shipping lanes. But… is only this or is there something more? Tell us what you think in the comments bellow!

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