Russia’s strategy in the Arctic

Vladimir Putin addressed International Arctic Forum The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue, presidential web page reported.

“Today, the Arctic accounts for over 10% of all investment in the Russian Federation. As of last year, the volume of traffic on the Northern Sea Route already reached 20 mio tons and is expected to reach 80 mio tons by 2025,” he said. “By 2035, Russia’s Arctic fleet will operate at least 13 heavy-duty linear icebreakers, including nine nuclear icebreakers.”

The President mentioned a number of key infrastructure projects, including construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway, and stressed that Russia has also been conducting a major clean-up of Arctic areas, having since 2012 removed and utilized over 80K metric tons of waste.

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