Arctic militarily important for Russia: Kremlin

Dmitry Peskov

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin considers military presence in the Arctic as an absolutely necessary element of the country’s military construction, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Arctic continues to be an important region with strong economic potential, and Russia has extensive plans for its development that are being consistently implemented, Xinhua news agency quoted Peskov as saying at a daily briefing on Tuesday.

On Monday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that the US Department of Defence is “very closely” monitoring Russian military activities and infrastructure build-ups in the Arctic.

In response to Kirby’s remark, Peskov said that Russia also keeps in mind the US presence in the Arctic.

Last month, the Russian Navy conducted the “Umka-2021 comprehensive Arctic expedition in the Franz Josef Land archipelago, during which three nuclear-powered missile submarines broke thick ice and surfaced from the Arctic Ocean for the first time in its history.

The submarines shattered 1.5-metre-thick ice and ascended to the frozen sea surface at the same time in an area with a radius of 300.