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NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said that the countries of the alliance at the June summit will discuss Russia's military buildup in the Arctic, according to the media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).
According to Lungescu, Russia is now expanding its military capabilities in the Arctic more than at any time since the Cold War. Russia has significantly upgraded its northern fleet, including all submarines, she said. In addition, Lungescu notes, the Russian Federation is introducing new weapons systems, including the Poseidon underwater drone, which can be equipped with nuclear ammunition, new radar installations and a new icebreaker fleet.
The NATO summit will be held on June 14 in Brussels. According to the Secretary General of the alliance, the summit will discuss current issues of NATO's activities, as well as the alliance's agenda until 2030, including "Russia's aggressive actions, the threat of terrorism, cyber attacks, new and malicious technologies, the impact of climate change on security, as well as the growth of China."
The US military and diplomats have repeatedly stated that they are concerned about the growing influence of Russia in the Arctic. Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that a "new theater of conflict" could arise in the Arctic due to the growing role of Russia.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia's actions in the Arctic do not contradict international law and do not threaten anyone, and tensions in the region are growing due to US military activity. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted, the presence in the Arctic is a necessary element of Russia's military construction, the United States does not give up its presence in the Arctic, and Russia should not ignore this important region.
In March 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree "On the fundamentals of the State policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic for the period up to 2035". According to the document, Russia's main interests in the Arctic are ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, preserving the Arctic as a territory of peace, stable and mutually beneficial partnership, and ensuring a high quality of life and well - being of the population of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.
We are also talking about the development of the Arctic zone as a strategic resource base and its rational use to accelerate economic growth, the development of the Northern Sea Route as a competitive national transport communication on the world market. In addition, the document focuses on the protection of the environment, the protection of the native habitat and the traditional way of life of indigenous peoples. In October 2020, Putin signed the strategy for the development of the Russian Arctic zone and ensuring national security until 2035.NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said that the countries of the alliance at the June summit will discuss Russia's military buildup in the Arctic, according to the media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).
According to Lungescu, Russia is now expanding its military capabilities in the Arctic more than at any time since the Cold War. Russia has significantly upgraded its northern fleet, including all submarines, she said. In addition, Lungescu notes, the Russian Federation is introducing new weapons systems, including the Poseidon underwater drone, which can be equipped with nuclear ammunition, new radar installations and a new icebreaker fleet.
The NATO summit will be held on June 14 in Brussels. According to the Secretary General of the alliance, the summit will discuss current issues of NATO's activities, as well as the alliance's agenda until 2030, including "Russia's aggressive actions, the threat of terrorism, cyber attacks, new and malicious technologies, the impact of climate change on security, as well as the growth of China."
The US military and diplomats have repeatedly stated that they are concerned about the growing influence of Russia in the Arctic. Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that a "new theater of conflict" could arise in the Arctic due to the growing role of Russia.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia's actions in the Arctic do not contradict international law and do not threaten anyone, and tensions in the region are growing due to US military activity. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted, the presence in the Arctic is a necessary element of Russia's military construction, the United States does not give up its presence in the Arctic, and Russia should not ignore this important region.
In March 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree "On the fundamentals of the State policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic for the period up to 2035". According to the document, Russia's main interests in the Arctic are ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, preserving the Arctic as a territory of peace, stable and mutually beneficial partnership, and ensuring a high quality of life and well - being of the population of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.
We are also talking about the development of the Arctic zone as a strategic resource base and its rational use to accelerate economic growth, the development of the Northern Sea Route as a competitive national transport communication on the world market. In addition, the document focuses on the protection of the environment, the protection of the native habitat and the traditional way of life of indigenous peoples. In October 2020, Putin signed the strategy for the development of the Russian Arctic zone and ensuring national security until 2035.

The program of Russian-Indian cooperation in the trade, economic and investment spheres in the Far East until 2025 and the principles of cooperation in the Arctic are planned to be adopted at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexey Chekunkov held a working meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India Venkatesh Varma.

According to the ministry, in 2020, the volume of foreign trade of the Far Eastern Federal District with India increased by more than 5% and exceeded $ 764 million.

"The regions of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation increased the turnover of foreign trade with Indian partners by 12.6% – up to $ 800 million," the report says.

Venkatesh Varma noted the prospects for expanding cooperation in the field of education. "According to the ambassador, the student flow can be increased to 25 thousand people, provided that educational programs in such areas in demand among young people as IT, international law and other areas appear in the Far East," the press service said.

Russia and Japan are discussing a new concept of cooperation in the Far East and the Arctic. The document proposed by the Japanese side has been scrutinized by Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Alexei Chekunkov and Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia Toyohisa Kozuki.

The Government of Norway is preparing to issue licenses for oil and gas prospecting operations in little-studied Arctic areas.

The x international forum "Arctic: present and future", which participants will discuss the development of the Arctic zone of Russia, opened on Thursday in St. Petersburg at the Expoforum Convention and exhibition center. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the forum events will be held in person with all the necessary anti-epidemic measures, and some speakers will speak remotely.
The forum will be held from December 10 to 12. It is organized by the interregional public organization "Association of polar explorers" with the support and participation of the Federation Council and the state Duma, as well as the State Commission for the development of the Arctic.
The forum will be attended by a delegation of the Russian Navy, the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry told reporters on Thursday. According to the Department, the Navy is actively developing its infrastructure in the Arctic and is involved in solving issues of the Arctic strategy.in recent years, the volume of comprehensive Oceanographic research in the Arctic has doubled.
"In total, 28 business events will be held on the sidelines of the forum in full-time and part-time format. The discussion agenda will reflect the goals and main directions of Russia's state policy in the Arctic for the period up to 2035, strategies for the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security for the period up to 2035, and key documents that were approved this year, " the forum organizers said.
The forum program includes events where experts will discuss the development of cargo transportation infrastructure along the Northern sea route, fundamental Arctic research, the introduction of digital technologies in the development of the Northern territories, the formation of a support system for entrepreneurs in the Arctic, and other topics.
The forum will host an exhibition with an area of about 2 thousand square meters, where Arctic regions and Russian companies will present their achievements, projects and technologies.

The State Commission on Reserves has entered a new gas deposit in the Arctic into its register. The deposit’s natural gas reserves are estimated at 800 billion cubic meters.

The deposit, located in the Kara Sea, has already been named after Marshall Georgy Zhukov.

While exploring the new deposit, Rosneft bored a well 1.6 kilometers deep. Rosneftexperts believe that the gas field can be put in a “unique” category under the current reserves classification system.

The company stated that the Marshall Zhukov deposit is close to the Pobeda field, which is rich in both natural gas and oil. The two fields are located in the East-Prinovozemelsky1 area, where prospecting has been underway since 2014.

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