The BBC reports that Russia expects the Arctic to “become its main resource base by 2020.” And it wants to protect those resources.
Climate changed induced arctic melting has already opened up a land grab for the untapped resources beneath the ice’s surface. In 2007 Russia made a bid to claim much of the 90 billion barrels of oil estimated to exist.
Although the legitimacy of Russia’s claims are in dispute, a report released by Moscow indicates that Russia won’t give up these reserves easily.
In order to protect its assets, Moscow says one of its main goals will be the establishment of troops “capable of ensuring military security” in the region.