Russia to Form North Arctic Command by 2017
Russia’s new North Arctic Command will be formed by 2017 and will comprise two arctic brigades. This statement was made by Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov on Wednesday.
“A combined-arms task force is being formed to protect Russia’s national interests in the Arctic. The first motorized rifle brigade is being formed in Murmansk Region, while the second will be formed in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District in 2016,” Mr. Salyukov said, adding that the brigades will patrol and defend Russia’s coastline in the Arctic, accompany vessels along the Northern Sea Route and demonstrate military presence in the Arctic.
Russia intends to strengthen its military, political and economic position in the Arctic. In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized the establishment of a new state body for the implementation of Russia’s national policy in the region.