Defense Ministry: Russia controls Arctic waters in area covering 500 kilometers from coast

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Russia is already controlling air and sea space of the Arctic at a distance of at least 500 kilometers from the coast, a senior official of the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Friday.

Currently, the Defense Ministry is actively implementing the program on development of the Arctic, which stipulates creation of military infrastructure on the Arctic islands of Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef Schmidt, the New Siberian Islands. The Northern Sea Route is located between these islands and mainland Russia, the route is the fastest way for ships to get from Europe to the Far East.

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