Russia, which began a turn toward the Arctic two years ago, is continuing to strengthen its military along with the pursuit of newly opened shipping lanes and natural resources. The focus on the Arctic is driven by the growing importance of the Northern Passage, a 5,600-km (3,500-mi.) route through the Arctic Ocean that connects European Russia with the Far East, according to Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin. The Arctic gives Russia free access to the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, as well as ...

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