According to military sources, the new base will protect offshore oil and gas resources in the area and keep an eye on the growing number of ships sailing along the Northern Sea Route.
In a video conference with President Vladimir Putin this week, Northern Fleet Head Commander Vladimir Korolev confirmed that three Navy vessels, including the “Petr Veliky” missile cruiser, as well as seven support vessels and four nuclear-powered icebreakers are involved in the operations, a transcript from the meeting reads.
The vessels arrived on site on September 12 and by September 29 all equipment, including Navy base personnel, will be brought on land by helicopters and support vessels. According to the Northern Fleet, the local airfield Temp will be reconstructed and made operational already in the course of October, adjusted to aircrafts models An-72, An-74, and later on also Il-76. The base will include also representatives of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, meteorologists and climate researchers.
The most complicated part of the operation is the moving of more than ten housing modules on shore, the Russian Armed Forces informs in a news report.
The Island of Kotelny in the period 1933-1993 housed a research station and military base. Remains of the decades of Soviet presence at the island is overwhelming. Significant volumes of abandoned military equipment and metal scrap is covering major parts of the island. According to TV-station Zvezda, there is a total of more than 60 thousand rusting oil barrels left on site.
The revival of the base comes after the signing of a decree by President Putin.
It is not all clear however, what will be the main work objective for Russia`s new Arctic base. The island of Kotelny on which the base will be located, is situated on 75 degrees north, thousands of kilometers away from the nearest settlement. According to a source in the Russian General Staff, the new base will help Russia protect oil resources in the area and strengthen control over the Northern Sea Route, newspaper Kommersant reports. However, there is currently no drilling in either the Laptev Sea or the East Siberian Sea and the number of vessels sailing along the Northern Sea Route, albeit increasing, remains modest.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.