Arctic region may be site of new cold war as Russia’s ambitions expand

Irish Times | Dec 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM
  • At noon on the eve of Murmansk’s “polar night”, a stretch of 40 days when the sun will not breach the horizon in this northern Russian city, the lights on the deck of the Lenin twinkle through the Arctic twilight.
  • The NSR is not only the main transport link for remote Russian communities, bases and factories, but also a strategic and economic asset for the country, as global warming thins ice cover and boosts the Arctic’s potential to offer a shorter, cheaper year-round route between Asia and Europe for ships that now use the Suez Canal.
  • The most powerful icebreaker ever built, named the Arktika, returned to its home port of Murmansk this week after undergoing repairs in Saint Petersburg, and will now return to work along the NSR as the first of five new ships of this class.