Russia is sending six ships from the Northern Fleet to the new Siberian Islands, where the military base is being rebuilt and will begin operating at the end of the year. Previously, vessels were based in Severomorsk in the Barents Sea.
The commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, said:
“The main objective of the last expedition of ships of the Northern Fleet to the Arctic is to deliver the personnel, equipment and assets of the Northern Fleet tactical group, which this year will begin performing military service on the New Siberian Islands on an ongoing basis.”
Underwater hunter “Admiral Levchenko”, the tanker “Sergey Osipov”, two large amphibious ships – “St. George “and” Kondopoga “, the rescue tug” Pamir “and the lifting-mooring vessel” Alexander Pushkin “are vessels that went to the Arctic.
Due to bad weather conditions the flotilla was forced to spend a couple of days in the port, waiting for better weather. In the Arctic, it can be difficult to swim, so the entire flight will be controlled by the Northern Fleet’s aviation in the event of any difficulties. At some point, the expedition may require the assistance of nuclear icebreakers, which will be provided by the state corporation Rosatom.
Supplies and equipment were sent to the new Siberian Islands last year, and now Moscow is sending staff and a task force that will remain in the service in an area where the temperature can drop to minus 50 degrees Celsius.
One of the largest islands in the area, Kotelny, was home to a research station and military base from 1933 to 1993, but since then they have both been abandoned for nearly two decades.
Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to revive the military base in the Arctic. Back in 2013, the flagship of the Northern Fleet of the nuclear-powered cruiser “Peter the Great” headed a flotilla for the delivery of equipment to the Siberian Islands to restore the local airfield Temp.
Russia’s decision to revive the Soviet era is based on the north-eastern coast of Canada, as a result of which Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird attacked Russia in August, saying that Ottawa “intends to promote and protect Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic” in the face of the Russian threat. On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected Baird’s accusations as “nonsense.”
Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country was determined to defend its interests in the Arctic, but would not do anything that was contrary to international law. He said:
“Many are afraid of our efforts [in the Arctic], they are frightened by them. We have repeatedly said that we will act only within the framework of international law, as we have always done and will do in the future. ”
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