Russian president, Vladimir Putin is believed to be preparing for a new
Cold War by opening a top-secret military base in the Arctic. The base
situated on the northern ice cap is believed to be fully armed with
nuclear-ready fighter jets and missile systems.Putin had overseen plans
for the giant complex, which is painted in the colours of the Russian
flag and built on Alexandra Land, an Island in Russia.
The project is believed to be part of a drive to take advantage of
trillions of pounds worth of natural resources believed to be buried
beneath the snow. Russian economists believe this could hold the key to
the Kremlin unearthing almost £24 trillion of oil and gas buried deep
beneath the snow, The Times reports.
Monday, Moscow released the first pictures of the giant Arctic Trefoil
complex on the Arctic island of Alexandra Land - where temperature can
drop to -50°C. Over 150 troops will be based at the compound. Moscow's
defence minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed nuke-ready Su-34 fighter jets
will be deployed at a nearby air base. Putin has ordered elite special
forces troops to train for Arctic warfare, including training on how to
use reindeer sleds as a means of transportation in the freezing
The training is to be completed before they move to the base where they
will have to deal with the threat of killer temperatures and dangerous
polar bears residing nearby.
Russia unveiled the five-storey complex yesterday, shortly after the US
expressed its concern over Russia building up its military near the
North Pole. The United States are strongly opposed to the Putin's plans
for the Arctic.