Russia’s ambitions for territorial expansion these days are not limited to Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin and Canada are maneuvering to gain control of potentially lucrative areas of the Arctic.
In a sign that the competition for energy resources is intensifying, Canada in early August dispatched two icebreakers on a six-week mission to map a key portion of the Arctic seabed around the Lomonosov Ridge. Russia and Denmark also claim sovereignty over this potentially valuable territory.
“Our government is … expanding our economic and scientific opportunities by defining Canada’s last frontier,” said Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq in a Canadian government statement. “This is important to Canadians, especially those in the North, as this is their future and prosperity at stake.”
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