March 31, 2017

Putin, NATO and Arctic Geo-Politics: How Russia is taking over the region

Rebel Staff

Recently, Vladimir Putin visited the Arctic Archipelago as part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm Russia’s claim upon most of the arctic. There was also an “Arctic Forum” held to discuss the geopolitical future of the region.

The arctic is rich in hydrocarbon and mineral resources like gold, copper, uranium, and even diamonds.

As arctic ice sheets continue to break away, the countries bordering the arctic are re-evaluating their arctic interests. Iceland, Norway, Denmark, United States, Russia, and Canada are all claiming regions of the arctic and some of these arctic regions they’re claiming to own overlap.

In addition to that disputed territory, Russia is also claiming the centre of the arctic, by virtue of the Russian Continental Shelf, which even encompasses the North Pole.

No other country has used this argument to claim any land or water outside their protected state-territory.

Russia is claiming to have an exclusive economic zone far beyond what international law normally permits.

It appears that Russia is slowly taking over the Arctic.

So what can be done?

If Canada wants to combat Russia’s influence over the Arctic, we do have to set up bases and settlements. We also have to sit down with them at the negotiation table.

It’s an issue that should concern every Conservative Party leadership candidate.

WATCH to see what one in particular had to say about Russia’s arctic claims.

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commented 2017-04-02 13:12:32 -0400
Putin does what he does knowing the west is populated by ignorant voters that allow corrupt self entitled “elites” to rule over them. The elites care nothing about territorial concerns, only power and wealth! Take the current Canadian Gov’t as a prime example!
commented 2017-04-02 12:51:21 -0400
Leviticus 2013—You mentioned, beef up sovereignty on our East, West and Northern borders; now we have a huge problem on our Southern border. Maybe 1000 illegals crossed into Canada from the US today. Who knows, as Trudeau has ordered the RCMP to censor the numbers from the Canadian people. Who is the worst Communist, Putin or Trudeau?
commented 2017-04-01 14:15:29 -0400
Hey Roman… Next along with your political ramblings you’re going to tell us that Russia is responsible for climate change so that the receding ice in the Arctic will benefit their land claims… LOL.!!
Rather than moan about what Russia is doing why don’t you try pressuring your man child idol to not only occupy Canada’s north with full-time residency but build the icebreakers that we so badly need while beefing up our Coast Guard and maintain Canada sovereignty along its east west and northern borders…
commented 2017-04-01 11:14:36 -0400
@ Anna Burke

Yes, I did misunderstand your comment. Sorry

Canada most certainly does not pull its’ weight when it comes to its’ military spending obligations for NATO, especially not under the Liberal government. And even under Harper, I don’t think military spending quite reached 2% of GDP.
commented 2017-04-01 01:57:33 -0400
I don’t think that PUtin is that bad.
commented 2017-03-31 21:32:14 -0400
If Trump stops the US from shouldering too much of the NATO load, it may ironically be socialism in the west that strengthens Russia and does nothing to prevent it from growing.
commented 2017-03-31 16:59:30 -0400
Peter Netterville you missed my point, or I was not clear about it. I paste a few sentence from an article, hoping it will clear what I meant. “U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted that America’s NATO allies are not spending their fair share on defence, and if that’s true — which, according to NATO numbers, it most certainly is — then Canada is unquestionably among the military deadbeats of the bunch. That will continue just as long as we remain content in our freeloading stupor, banking on the U.S. to bail us out if things get bad.”
Canada should be spending 2% of GDP on ND and with the new budget will spend less than 1%. Our military is much worst shape than a general public believes. Canadian men and women in uniform one of the best in the world and doing a fabulous job around the world even though they over worked, under equipt, not enough personnel and have unreasonable time to do they task.
commented 2017-03-31 15:49:58 -0400
Hey Levicus. First of all I fully support Russia’s leading role in the Arctic,I fall in line when it comes to my country’s permanent national interests. Seems it’s not the case with you since you invite foreign power to come to your rescue. And don’t put words in my mouth.
commented 2017-03-31 15:37:14 -0400
Not sure how i feel about this, we got rid of a strong leader and elected a pansy , so i guess tough beans for us.
commented 2017-03-31 15:05:36 -0400
Hey Roman… Next along with your political ramblings you’re going to tell us that Russia is responsible for climate change so that the receding ice in the Arctic will benefit their land claims… LOL.!!
Rather than bitch and piss and moan about what Russia is doing why don’t you try pressuring your man child idol to not only occupy Canada’s north with full-time residency but build the icebreakers that we so badly need while beefing up our Coast Guard and maintain Canada sovereignty along its east west and northern borders…
commented 2017-03-31 14:53:21 -0400
It so happened my diploma theme in MSU was “Geopolitical issues in the Arctic region: Russia’s role”. It’s in russian though but I could provide. So now unto this piece of lackluster article.

“No other country has used this argument to claim any land or water outside their protected state-territory”. – This is simply wrong, please correct yourself. As of 13 May 2009, 51 submissions by 44 countries have been lodged for claims over their extended continental shelf. Some countries have multiple submissions and joint submissions with other countries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_waters#Extended_continental_shelf_claims

Also you should look up United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and it’s role in US politics as well the reprocussians USA suffers in the Arctic by not ratifiing it.

“Russia is claiming to have an exclusive economic zone far beyond what international law normally permits”. – By the norms of Convention on the Law of the Sea. US can’t do the same because, again, they didn’t ratify it.

“It appears that Russia is slowly taking over the Arctic”. – For the last 400 years. And it’s going faster because Arctic is getting warmer.

“So what can be done?” – There is not much anyone can do unless Arctic warms up to the point vessels could cruise it all year round, even then the dominance of Russia in the region will not be hampered by outside force THAT much. But it could force Russia to go bankrupt trying to defend another undefendable unimaginably vast border. But no one should count on it just yet we see the climate trends be confirmed.

The real right now solution would be for US to ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea and battle Russia diplomatically in the Arctic Council by teaming up with all the other members, until then Russia is unoppesedly playing the field.
commented 2017-03-31 14:34:04 -0400
Anna Berke, the variable that you are missing is that if Canada asserts its’ presence in the Arctic, then Russia would be forced to use his military to take over the area Canada tries to claim.

Canada is not alone in defending itself and Russia knows this. Attacking Canada will involve more countries than just Canada and Russia, so Russia will have to take on a larger community.

It is that knowledge that gives Canada more leverage than in claiming its’ portion of the Arctic.

However, as Robert McClelland said, our current government is rather flaccid.
commented 2017-03-31 13:50:53 -0400
The answer is simple. Send all our new Islamic friends up there to establish a foothold, claiming the Rights of Canadistan

We can protect them with our six Nuclear Subs and our four Aircraft Carriers plus the twelve Missile Launch Destroyers that exist only in the minds of Senior Canadian Navy Officers.

With this Idiot called Trudeau, we do not have anything to look forward to, other than death.
commented 2017-03-31 13:39:59 -0400
Let Russia play war games in international waters (beyond their 200 mi limit). Any country can have their military traverse those waters too. They just choose not to.
They’re not building island bases like China, nor attempting to extract oil or minerals from the seabed. Let the diplomats argue ad-infinitum over this claim, until such time as it really matters. There are much bigger fish to fry in this world.
commented 2017-03-31 13:29:14 -0400
Canada does not have capabilities even to defend the country’s coastline, and with the recent budget cuts will not even begin to start building up again until 2030, if they ever will. Canada’s “middle power” global significance just a delusion.
commented 2017-03-31 13:19:48 -0400
What Putin does is for the good of this country… What Trudeau does is an example of globalist behavior when your country is put up for grabs.!!
commented 2017-03-31 12:57:14 -0400
Harper understood the need to increase Canada’s presence in the Arctic, but since the Liberals are again resource development and because the Liberals are intentionally doing exactly the opposite to what Harper did (just to make a statement that they are opposed to Harper) then we will not see Trudeau make any move to claim the Arctic.
commented 2017-03-31 12:56:45 -0400
Robert Mcclelland…Cry until she gets her way.
commented 2017-03-31 12:34:52 -0400
Cryin Chrys Freeland will set Putin straight.
commented 2017-03-31 12:32:44 -0400
What chance does Putin have when he comes up against Junior and the Liberal “flaccid power” doctrine?