Russia is ready today for the meeting of Americans in the Arctic


The United States is truly entering the “battle for the Arctic” with Russia. President Donald Trump ordered the start of construction of his own icebreaker fleet and consider opening two American military bases and two more international ones in the region. What does this mean for our country, which today has a dominant position on the Northern Sea Route (NSR)?


The memorandum of the head of the White House says:

The United States will design and implement an icebreaker procurement program to ensure polar safety. She will support our national interests in the Arctic and Antarctic.

What American "national interests" at both poles can we talk about? Firstly, these are natural resources, which are much easier to develop than on the moon. Secondly, the melting ice in the Arctic has turned the NSR into the most convenient water artery connecting Europe and Asia. Thirdly, the shortest flight paths of intercontinental ballistic missiles between the USA and Russia pass through the Far North.

Let's face it, Washington frankly spoiled the Arctic. Its icebreaking fleet today is only two life-beaten icebreakers, heavy and middle class. Our icebreaker fleet is one of the few legacies of the USSR that the arm of the “reformers” and “optimizers” did not reach. Today, Moscow has four dozen icebreakers of different classes, as well as the longest coastline in the Arctic Ocean, which ensures Russia's unconditional dominance in the Arctic. Another question is how long?

Several factors need to be considered. First of all, the USA itself is an Arctic power, thanks to the possession of Alaska, as well as a number of other allied countries belonging to NATO. Yes, for Russia this is a “historically established national transport communication in the Arctic”, which is directly reflected in our legislation. However, according to the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the United States considers the Northern Sea Route an international transport route and has not recognized anyone’s sovereignty over it since the Cold War.

The dominance of Russia in this region has developed due to a complex of reasons: due to its geographical position, which allows for convenient coastal infrastructure, and a unique icebreaker fleet. But now Washington intends to block these trump cards by creating their own. Contracts have been signed for the construction of three heavy icebreakers and several medium-sized icebreakers, the number of which is still unknown. Can Americans cope with this task? They can, let it be difficult and not fast. In addition, the possibility of leasing icebreakers from partner countries such as Finland, Canada and Norway is being considered.

The US is serious. In addition to this, four bases will appear in the region they are contesting at once: two are American, two are international, but clearly under the auspices of Uncle Sam. Can we somehow prevent this? No we can not.

But we are able to effectively counter the Americans with their plans to expand dominance in all corners of the planet. The benefit of the Arctic is our traditional place of business. It was Russian sailors, starting from the XI century, who actively explored the Far North. It was our country that was the first to build a drifting polar station in the Arctic. It was the participants of the Soviet High-Latitude Air Expedition Sever-2 in 1948 that became the first people whose stay at the North Pole is not in doubt.

The militarization of the region is the inevitability to which the United States is pushing Russia. However, we are proactive, by posting anti-ship missile systems in Chukotka - the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and building atomic icebreakers, which simply do not exist in the world.

Recently, Arctic versions of anti-aircraft systems have been created in Russia, last year the first patrol icebreaker Ivan Papanin was launched, and in the coming years we should definitely expect the appearance of a whole class of warships designed specifically for the conditions of the Arctic. The Americans are not even planning anything like this yet ...
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  1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 12 June 2020 12: 48
    -5
    I would like to know what the “pushing” of Russia to the USA consists of. Apparently, it is Russia that stimulates the arms race. And how does the US threaten Russia in the Arctic? Develop your presence? Well, that’s their right, they don’t pretend to Russian territories and waters.
    1. cmonman Offline cmonman
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 12 June 2020 13: 42
      -6
      I would like to know what the US “pushing” of Russia will build in?

      And the United States threatens to raise the flag of Russia with pomp, drowned in the North Pole !!!
      1. General Black Offline General Black
        General Black (Gennady) 12 June 2020 20: 11
        +1
        Well, for diving equals ascent! Good luck! As the Negroes wash their feet, so immediately and begin to raise the flag.
      2. isofat Offline isofat
        isofat (isofat) 13 June 2020 19: 09
        +1
        Quote: cmonman
        US threatens to raise the flag of Russia with pomp, drowned in the North. Pole !!!

        cmonman, USA and the moon threaten to fly. Why do not fly, do not raise? After all, no one bothers them?
    2. Dear sofa expert. 12 June 2020 22: 56
      +1
      And how does the US threaten Russia in the Arctic? Develop your presence?

      But why?

      the shortest flight paths of intercontinental ballistic missiles between the USA and Russia pass through the Far North.

      - the Americans have nothing to do there, there are enough Russian submarines there.
      1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 08: 57
        -6
        With the same success, Americans can say that the Russians have nothing to do there. They have exactly the same right.
        1. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 10: 06
          +2
          With the same success, Americans can say that the Russians have nothing to do there. They have exactly the same right.

          Of course. Everyone has the right to have this right. Let them talk.
          1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
            Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 12: 21
            -6
            So I think so. Let the Russians speak their own, and the Americans their own.
            1. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 12: 27
              +3
              Let the Russians speak their own, and the Americans their own.

              In fact: Russians do, Americans say.
              1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 18: 51
                -4
                What exactly are “Russians doing”?
        2. kartalovkolya Offline kartalovkolya
          kartalovkolya 14 June 2020 08: 30
          +1
          The right is right, but first, learn to cope with the need in the northern latitudes, otherwise you will inadvertently be left without something, although they do not need it (blue-s)! And what kind of warriors they are, our ancestors checked in practice, because we have not yet forgotten about their "heroism" over the civilian population of the Far East and Transbaikalia 100 years ago!
    3. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 13 June 2020 07: 51
      +2
      This is what I understand, aerobatics: I asked a question myself, and I immediately answered it. good
      As for "stimulating the arms race," let it be on your conscience.
      1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 09: 05
        -5
        And what exactly did he answer? What are developing their presence in international waters? And what, only Russia has the right to do so? Well, about the incentives and incitement - who a year ago did a public show of all these Russian wunderwafers, twisted cartoons with a blow to Florida, and also put Novator, which violates the contract, into service? If you wanted an arms race - get it.
        1. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 10: 08
          +2
          If you wanted an arms race - get it.

          Logically, the “catching up” race gets the arms race. Let the US push.
          1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
            Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 10: 57
            -6
            Let, of course. Let's see what happens. Only while the fat dries, the thin dies.
            1. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 11: 41
              +1
              Only while the fat dries, the thin dies.

              Do not wait)
              And by the way, your “small country, who will show me where it is ..”) is it “fat” or “thin”?
              1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 12: 01
                -5
                Moderately well-fed. And the size of the country is far from the most important thing. Can we compare the standard of living, social security, medicine with the average Russian from the provinces and the same Israeli?
        2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 13 June 2020 10: 23
          +6
          Quote: Natan Bruk
          And what exactly did he answer? What are developing their presence in international waters? And what, only Russia has the right to do so? Well, about the incentives and incitement - who a year ago did a public show of all these Russian wunderwafers, twisted cartoons with a blow to Florida, and also put Novator, which violates the contract, into service? If you wanted an arms race - get it.

          Excuse me, who was the first to fit NATO bases to the Russian border? wink
          You are disingenuous, Mr. Israel, replacing cause and effect. Here people are not worse than you have gathered, if that.
          1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
            Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 10: 56
            -6
            What does it mean to "fit"? The country has wished to join NATO and agrees to place its infrastructure there. That is her right. Who is to blame for the fact that the former "countries of people's democracy" united in NATO, as soon as this became possible? Do these countries declare hostile intentions towards Russia? It seems not.
            1. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 12: 17
              +3
              The country has wished to join NATO and agrees to place its infrastructure there.

              Well, firstly, the NATO bloc is a military bloc. Although the bloc is trying to declare itself defensive, it has never really defended itself against any external threat, and therefore, since its inception, it has been extremely aggressive. A country that has joined the military bloc, and in fact the “US gang”, automatically becomes the enemy of all other countries that do not belong to this bloc. But this, as you say, is their right. Want to be an enemy, be it.
              Now for the placement of "infrastructure."
              NATO “shock fists” that are created directly on the borders of Russia - what are they for?
              For defense from Russia? Who do you want to make fun of? The Baltic countries, for example, for defense against the Russian army do not even have the 10th part of that territorial operational and tactical depth to withstand even the army of any Belarus. Well then, at least some stationary fortified areas should be built there, because they are not there, and the shock fists located there, ”consisting of mechanized and armored divisions, are not a priori designed for defense. This is a breakthrough force.
              Well, and who provokes whom?
              1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 12: 34
                -7
                Russia provokes the West, of course. All these public representations of the wunderwafel, the arming of arms that violate the treaty (like the Novator missile) on duty are nothing but a provocation. And your second sentence is nothing but verbiage. It can be said with the same success that the Warsaw Treaty did not in fact defend itself against any external threat and, therefore, was extremely aggressive from the very beginning. At one time, the "gang of the USA" was opposed by the "gang of the USSR." The USSR burst, the satellites fled, and very willingly. And why should the collective West attack Russia? Conquer it, and then bring 146 million to Western standards of salaries, health care, infrastructure? No resources can pay for it. They simply fear Russia, as they fear the inadequate gopnik with a grenade, and therefore take appropriate measures.
                1. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 12: 39
                  +3
                  And your second sentence is nothing but verbiage. It can be said with the same success that the Warsaw Treaty did not in fact defend itself against any external threat and, therefore, was extremely aggressive from the very beginning.

                  I advise you to choose a more polite expression (this is about verbiage).
                  Remind us all, please, the dates and goals of creating the NATO bloc, and the Warsaw Pact?
                2. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 16: 20
                  +2
                  Conquer it, and then bring 146 million to Western standards of salaries, health care, infrastructure.

                  And what, in Europe already someone brought to the "Western standards"?)
                  In my opinion, many began to live even poorer than before.
                  1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 18: 46
                    -4
                    The average Western European lives poorer than the average Russian? Seriously?
                    1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 18: 53
                      -5
                      By the way, if you don’t know, at the time of the creation of NATO, the USSR offered to join there.
                      1. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 20: 03
                        0
                        By the way, if you don’t know, at the time of the creation of NATO, the USSR offered to join there.

                        No, I didn’t. Show the material.
                      2. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 21: 57
                        -3
                        Well, I’ll come from duty, I’ll show it is difficult from a smartphone.
                  2. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 20: 02
                    +2
                    Quote: Natan Bruk
                    The average Western European

                    Ek twisted)) Or maybe we'll start with the "Eastern Europeans"?) After all, according to the logic, they tried to bring them to the "Western standards"?)
                    1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 21: 58
                      -3
                      And there, by and large, the average citizen lives better than in Zamkadye.
                    2. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 22: 00
                      0
                      And there, by and large, the average citizen lives better than in Zamkadye.

                      There are also different ways. Like the MKAD.
                    3. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 22: 14
                      -3
                      In different ways, of course. But in general, much better. I just have relatives in the USA and Germany, I go there from time to time, so I can watch. Last year I was in Poland and the Czech Republic, also, it seems, mostly pretty good.
                  3. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 22: 19
                    +2
                    overall average

                    How do you know this? Have you lived in Romania? Or Bulgaria? Or will you, as usual, put Switzerland and Germany as an example? So I’ll tell you - even there they live better in Israel. Always somewhere is better, somewhere worse.
                    And even there - someone is better, but someone is barely making ends meet. Or am I wrong?
                  4. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 22: 24
                    -4
                    I say - I agree that in different ways, but by and large - yes, better than the average Russian, given the fact that since 2014 the standard of living in Russia has fallen significantly.
                  5. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 23: 00
                    +2
                    Quote: Natan Bruk
                    given the fact that since 2014, the standard of living in Russia has fallen significantly.

                    Yes, I fell. Because someone really wanted this, and therefore everything was done for this. But even this Russia will survive.
                    About some kind of conditional "srednestaticheskie" sense there is no talk at all. No, of course, it would be possible, but not in these SMSs. I’m sure if you and I sit somewhere around the table, we could tell a lot to each other, explain. And here you can’t say everything, apparently, therefore, it only turns out to swear. I am not only for myself. But in general.
                  6. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 23: 11
                    -2
                    Well, here everyone writes "in general." And the fact that communication on the Internet is one thing, but in personal communication, but behind a glass, everything happens differently, of course.
                  7. Dear sofa expert. 13 June 2020 23: 33
                    0
                    Well, here everyone writes "in general"

                    Well, I take the "general" back.
                    I’m not used to defending my position alone.
                  8. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
                    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 13 June 2020 23: 46
                    0
                    Understand. Similarly.
  • Where are they going to build 4 bases? On ice, or what?
    1. Winnie Offline Winnie
      Winnie (Winnie) 15 June 2020 06: 55
      -1
      Business Insider analytical agency writes about Washington’s plans to deploy a military base on the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen.
  • Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 12 June 2020 14: 28
    -3
    Alternatively, historians place the legendary drowned homeland of the Hyperboreans exactly at the North Pole ....
    Only they go there, and we are already there ....
  • And we will remove their flag over Alaska.
  • master3 Offline master3
    master3 (Vitali) 21 June 2020 12: 07
    0
    The United States would have to tell about it, otherwise it turns out ugly, Russia in the Arctic has already defeated them, but they still do not know about it.