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Russia Launches Military Drills In Arctic

Russia Launches Military Drills In Arctic

ussia launched military exercises in the Arctic on Monday as it seeks to bolster claims to the region’s vast hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.

More than 1,000 soldiers, 14 aircraft and 34 special military units are taking part in drills in northern Siberia, weeks after Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations for an additional 1.2 million square kilometers (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf.

“These drills are aimed at increasing the security of the Russian Arctic, ensuring our state’s economic freedom in this region, and protecting our territory and targets from potential military threats,” the defence ministry quoted Vladimir Korolyov, the commander of Russia’s northern naval fleet, as saying Monday.

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