So it looks like Russia is upping the ante with regard to ownership of the potentially natural resource rich Arctic with its work on the Lomonosov Ridge (It sounds Russian, it must be true!), in addition to this mission the Kremlin also announced that four strategic bombers were going to be making flights over the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean.
With Russia working with its neighbours over the transportation of oil and gas, and its already massive involvement in the European energy market, as well as a renewed involvement on the international stage, and its resumption of other strategic military activities this could be a sign that Russia is finding its way out of its recent troubled past.
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