Why is Denmark time to say goodbye to Greenland

So, the information about Donald Trump's desire to buy Greenland turned out to be no joke. The American President, offended by the refusal of Copenhagen and the hysterical reaction of the Danish politicians, postponed his official visit to the Kingdom with a rather ominous wording "for later." How far is Washington ready to go in its next expansionist project, and against whom will this new Arctic redoubt actually be directed?




It is believed that the United States is gaining ground in the Arctic to confront Russia. There is a lot of truth to this, but not all.

Indeed, the Kremlin is rapidly expanding its nuclear icebreaker fleet, investing heavily in the development of infrastructure in the Far North, where huge natural resources are concentrated. But the key project here is the Northern Sea Route, the shortest waterway leading from Asia to Europe. So, his main interest is, first of all, China.

Celestial, for all its economic power, is, figuratively speaking, an “island” cut off from its main markets in the USA and the EU by the ocean, on the one hand, and by vast expanses of land, on the other. Goods produced in China still need to be delivered to the consumer. Hence the gigantic investment that Beijing is making in the New Silk Road infrastructure project.

Today, the United States is waging a trade war with China by imposing protective duties, but if a compromise is not reached, they will start setting fires in countries through which Chinese transit goes. If necessary, the Americans with their allies are able to block the Mollak Channel, connecting the Indian Ocean with the Pacific, for the Celestial Empire. It will only have to be uncorked by force, for which Beijing is building more and more new aircraft carriers.

There remains a cold and calm Northern Sea Route controlled by China friendly to Russia. Moscow is designing the Leader icebreakers, which will be able to provide navigation even in the winter. The PRC as an “experiment” is building its own first icebreaker, surprisingly reminiscent of our “Arctic”. It is interesting that the Chinese themselves have long laid eyes on Greenland. They are engaged in ore mining on the island and even wanted to buy an old Danish Arctic station there, supposedly to open a "hotel". Then it turned out that the “hotel” would be only for Chinese polar explorers, and, under US pressure, Copenhagen refused the deal.

What exactly can Greenland give Washington?

At first, after the transition of the island to the sovereignty of the United States of America, their claims for a share of the "Arctic pie" are sharply increasing.

Secondly, with almost lifeless Greenland, the Pentagon takes on the ICBM sight not only the territory of Russia, but the entire Northern Sea Route with its medium-range missiles. Fortunately, so on time the INF Treaty has sunk into oblivion. That is, two birds with one stone are killed at once, Russian and Chinese.

Thirdly, do not forget that the island and the adjacent shelf are rich in natural resources, in particular - oil. Today they are classified as difficult to recover because of the harsh climate, but the polar ice is melting rapidly not only on the NSR, but also on the island.

It turns out, "we must take." But how, if in Denmark and on the island they already said their “fi”?

Note that Donald Trump intends to Greenland not to take, but to buy. It is assumed that a certain one-time amount will be paid and annual redemption payments will follow. This is not the first time for Copenhagen, the Danes already in 1917 sold the United States their possessions in the West Indies, which are now called the US Virgin Islands.

So that Copenhagen does not lose face as a “merchant of the Homeland,” there is a realistic scenario with a referendum. The population of Greenland does not exceed 60 thousand people, from infants to the elderly. Specially trained people can carry out explanatory work with them about how healthy and profitable it will be to become US citizens, to attract local elites and opinion leaders to their side. So the Danish princess, Antonia Schaumburg-Lippe, prudently stated:

Such an offer is a compliment for magical Greenland. The island could go to the United States if the locals want it.


The referendum, plus some Danish compensation for the trouble, and the job is done. In general, it will soon become crowded and hot in the Arctic. But there is no silver lining. The current diplomatic confrontation with the United States makes it possible for Copenhagen to skip the topic of the ban on the construction of Nord Stream 2 under a plausible pretext.
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  1. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 22 August 2019 11: 05
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    Well, soon we will be able to see the degree of venality of the Danes.
  2. g1washntwn Offline
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 22 August 2019 13: 47
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    Do not agree to sell - the Americans will stir up the "Independence Square" in Greenland and take it for free. Therefore, Denmark has few options. Or now for the rupee, or tomorrow, no islands, no money. The princess over there and the hat with her purse are new to herself, go and have already looked.
  3. Joe Cook Offline
    Joe Cook (Joe Cook) 22 August 2019 17: 15
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    In Denmark, the United States would quickly pass a law prohibiting such trade transactions. But that is the USA, and this is Denmark. Judging by the indifference of the upper classes, and the good for processing is brainwashing the population of Greenland, but apparently the island will be transferred to the United States for free.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 August 2019 17: 43
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    But bet no damn thing?
    Trump is a famous talker. Because in business it is justified - you talk and watch the reaction.

    True, it is not the president, but the elite who is engaged in the same thing. Either the projections are voiced, or someone will blabber, and then the President will politely, paternally correct him ....
  5. Port Offline
    Port 22 August 2019 18: 34
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    If the Crimea broke off, then Greenland should be chopped off, it’s logical, however.
  6. Mars Offline
    Mars (Mars) 22 August 2019 19: 46
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    The article only catches up with panic. The Danes and the inhabitants of Greenland refused. The leadership refused both Denmark and Greenland. The European Union supported. Nato officially said it was none of our business. Now the Danes will think about it and give the northern stream a green light, the Americans will not calm down, they will ask Russia for help. That's all. The figs are Americans, not Greenland, and the Greenlanders are doing pretty well. But they trade mainly with Canada, the USA. Here is the question of trade sanctions.
    1. Cetron Offline
      Cetron (Peteris) 23 August 2019 14: 04
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      The leadership of Greenland did not refuse, but said: "We must see." Ready to sell, but more expensive.
      1. Bitter Offline
        Bitter (Gleb) 29 August 2019 00: 31
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        And why not Denmark to buy America, with all its debts. repeat On credit. wassat
        Everyone will be fine, and the Americans will finally get rid of debt. good
        At the same time, the political vector will shift somewhat, and interests in the Arctic will appear in a completely different light. hi
  7. Bakht Offline
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 August 2019 07: 00
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    A referendum in Greenland is a very possible thing. And there is every chance to result in a transfer to the jurisdiction of the United States. The advantages for the residents of Greenland are obvious. So Trump's crazy idea doesn't seem crazy in reality. If they really need an island, they will get it. In Greenland, against this background, demands have already been made to Denmark to deepen the degree of autonomy. How deep is still unknown. In the event of a successful referendum, the States will not have to pay anything at all.
    1. Subudai Offline
      Subudai (He is) 23 August 2019 14: 22
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      A lot can be where referenda can be held. A bad example is contagious. Everyone understood what it was about?
      1. Bakht Offline
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 August 2019 15: 21
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        A referendum is the highest form of democracy. And it’s not just about self-determination. In Switzerland, referenda are held on almost every new law.
        Everyone understood what it was about?
        The referendum in Greenland has already been held on the issue of self-government.

        https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/

        Greenland referendum on self-governance (2008).
  8. nesvobodnaja Offline
    nesvobodnaja (Unfree Press) 23 August 2019 20: 06
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    If Greenland goes under the auspices of the USA - goodbye, the unique ecology of this huge island!
  9. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 24 August 2019 07: 25
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    Hitler did the same thing.
  10. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 24 August 2019 07: 30
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    Firstly, after the transition of the island to the sovereignty of the United States of America, their claims for a share of the "Arctic pie" are sharply increasing.

    Secondly, with the almost lifeless Greenland, the Pentagon takes not only the territory of Russia, but the entire Northern Sea Route with its medium-range missiles at the sight of ICBMs. Fortunately, so on time the INF Treaty has sunk into oblivion. That is, two birds with one stone are killed at once, Russian and Chinese.

    Yes, the fact of the matter is that Russia (in spite of its slowness) will have to actively take adequate measures against Americans and build up its power in the Russian Arctic ... And this power can later come in handy against China, when Russia finally “eyes will open” and she will “see and understand” that for her the mortal enemy ... is China ... And so Russia would continue to be “nonchalantly friendly” with China and let it brazenly wade further and further to host in the defenseless Russian North ... - And because of the threat from the Americans, Russia is forcing Dena will seriously strengthen the protection of its Arctic ...
    - And then against whom and from whom this “protection” will come in handy later ... - time will tell already ...
    Yes, and it’s good if the Americans shake the Chinese out of Greenland, or else ... the "Chinese masters" have already been found ... they have already climbed into it with quiet glanders ...