A couple of weeks ago Commander of the Western Military District Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov said that an abandoned military base in Murmansk Oblast is planned to be reestablished in September this year, without mentioning which of the numerous former bases he had in mind.
According to Minister of Property Relations in Murmansk Oblast Oleg Mazunov, the base in question is located in Alakurtti, close to the border to Finland in the southwestern part of the oblast. Different army and navy units have been based here through the years, but since 2009 the town has been home mainly to civilians and border guards.
Murmansk regional administration and the Western Military District are cooperating on preparing housing blocks and infrastructure to house some 3000 soldiers and officers from the Northern Fleet,ITAR-TASS reports.
There is currently no military threats against Finland, but changes are possible, head of the country’s Armed Forces, General Jarmo Lindberg says. At the same time, the Finnish Parliament promises an increase in military spending.
”We are building not only a railway line, we are building our road to the future, our Arctic pathway”, regional Governor Marina Kovtun said at a launch ceremony of the long-awaited and much-disputed Murmansk Transport Hub.
Salve Dahle with Akvaplan-Niva in Norway hopes the verbal conflict and boycott in trade between east and west will have little consequences on high north research cooperation. Arctic Frontiers conferance signs with Russian Geographical Society.
As tensions in East-West relations mount, more than 150 representatives of NGOs, regional authorities and institutions meet in Tromsø, northern Norway, to discuss enhanced Norwegian-Russian cooperation in the Barents Region.