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Russia looks to secure Arctic route

9th December 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg


Russia is lining up the creation of a string of bases and observation posts in the Arctic region over the next two years, while procurement programmes add additional patrol boats to its northern maritime forces.

Particular attention will be given to the strengthening of maritime security of the ports of Murmansk, Dudinka, Sabetta, Chukotka and others. All of these ports are located along the Northeast Passage, an ocean shipping route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, traversing the Arctic following the Russian and Norwegian coasts. 

The route is considered a potential alternative to the Suez and Panama Canals for the

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Eugene Gerden


Eugene Gerden

Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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