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Why the Arctic could be Russia’s next target

25th May 2023 - 16:30 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City


NATO members already conduct regular Arctic warfare exercises, and may yet need to place greater emphasis on threats in the region. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

Moscow has been upgrading and re-equipping its bases in the Far North, and international affairs and defence experts say that the possibility of a war in the region cannot be ruled out.

The war in Ukraine has shown that the Russia's territorial ambitions can be threat to all of Europe. As the Arctic is a strategic region both from a military and economic perspective, it might yet be Moscow’s next target.

Indeed, President Vladimir Putin’s armed forces have more assets in the Arctic than NATO countries and have been upgrading and re-equipping their bases in the area in the last few years, which is a warning signal.

The Kremlin also revised its Arctic policy in February emphasising the need to prioritise the country’s interests in the region. All mentions of the Arctic Council, which is

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Flavia Camargos Pereira


Flavia Camargos Pereira

Flavia Camargos Pereira is a North America editor at Shephard Media. She joined the company …

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