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Russia modernizing Arctic airports, port facilities, says official

English.news.cn   2013-12-13 21:51:52            

MOSCOW, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Russia has been modernizing several Arctic airports and port facilities on Novaya Zemlya archipelago, a senior Russian military official said Friday.

"To protect our strategic interests, further development of the airfield network and port infrastructure (in the Arctic) has been envisaged," chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov told a meeting with 90 foreign military attaches.

Gerasimov noted that Russia's military activities in its Arctic sector has been conducted in strict accordance with international treaties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to take every step necessary to protect Russia's security and national interests in the Arctic region.

Russia, Canada, Denmark, the United States and Norway observe 370-km exclusive economic zone in the northern seas. These countries reserve the right to demand expansion of their exclusive zone for additional 200 nautical miles.

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Putin urges armed forces to protect national interests in Arctic

MOSCOW, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to take every step necessary to protect Russia's security and national interests in the Arctic region.

"In the next year we need to complete the creation of the armed forces' new units. Special attention must be paid to the deployment of infrastructure and military units in the Arctic," Putin said at an expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry Board.  Full story

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