Russia’s military activities in the news… ~Ron
Russian bases to span entire Arctic border by end of 2014
Russia will have military control of the entirety of its 6,200 km Arctic coastal zone by the end of 2014, just a year after Moscow announced its ambitious plan to build military presence in the region, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced.“We have set quite a pace in our foray into the Arctic,” Shoigu said during a military council meeting in Moscow. “By the end of the year we will already deploy most of our units in the region – from Murmansk to Chukotka.”
Moscow announced its intentions to create a special force grouping in the strategic region in December last year, with Vladimir Putin saying that Russia needs to activate “all the levers for the protection of its security and national interests” in the “promising region.”
[…] Russia is also in the process of unsealing at least seven airstrips that were shut down following the collapse of the Soviet Union, with Tiksi in Yakutia expected to house the bulk of the Arctic air force.
Work also began in September on a permanent base located on the New Siberian Islands in the Laptev Sea. A military group consisting of two brigades will be stationed in the far North as part of the new military district.
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Posted 20 Oct 2014
Sweden is widening its search for what may be a distressed Russian submarine in the waters near Stockholm.
Authorities today ordered all ships to leave the large cluster of some 30,000 islands where the vessel was possibly spotted. A no fly zone has also gone into effect over the area.
The Swedish military has been searching for the mysterious vessel from the air and on the water since Friday.
Posted 22 Oct 2014
Security at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery has been increased in the wake of the shooting death of an honor guard soldier at Canada’s National War Memorial Wednesday.
Security was increased as a precautionary measure at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier only, according to the U.S. Army District of Washington.