Russia asserts presence in Arctic with northern military base

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Alexandra Land (Russie) (AFP) – “The enemy shall not pass,” exclaims commander Ivan Glushchenko, standing in the glistening white snow that surrounds an ultra-modern Russian military base in the heart of the Arctic, the site of Moscow’s stand-off with NATO. The growing accessibility of natural resources and navigation routes in this rapidly thawing region has attracted global competition, and Moscow’s interests clash with those of several other countries, including the United States. These tensions are likely to resurface in Reykjavik Wednesday at a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council –…

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