As Arctic warms, Russia moves to stake claim



MOSCOW – 7.26.07- Thawing sea ice in the Arctic could have a chilling effect on ties among countries that share the area, especially now that a Russian ship is headed for the North Pole. The expedition plans to send a mini-submarine crew to plant a flag on the seabed and symbolically claim the Arctic for the Kremlin. “The Arctic is Russian,” expedition leader and parliamentary deputy Artur Chilingarov told Russian television. “We are going to be the first to put a flag there, a Russian flag at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, at the very point of the North Pole.” Read more


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