Russia's Arctic Expansion

By Nataliya Bugayova, Alexander Begej, and Darina Regio

Key TakeawayRussia is expanding its economic and military hold over the Arctic in order to preposition for its long-term bid to secure resources, expand its defense posture, and gain strategic advantage over the U.S. and China. The Kremlin is establishing its control in the Northern Sea Route, following its success in claiming sovereignty over the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea in November 2018.

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