As Russian cyber activities in the United States and military intervention in Syria dominate headlines, the Russian bear has pursued a steady march forward much closer to Canada, in the Arctic.
Russia moved ahead with several steps in its Arctic strategy in 2016, refurbishing military bases, constructing new airfields and building outports. A key element of this policy came together in June, when Russia launched its new nuclear-powered icebreaker in St. Petersburg.
With Russia and the West finding itself at odds across the globe, is it time for Canadians to be worried about the Russian bear in the Arctic? SEE: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/russia-arctic-military-build-up-1.3926162
(As the largest Arctic nation, Russia would have the most to lose in any confrontation there, Charron said. Sharing the Arctic with Canada forces it to act differently than elsewhere in the world. )