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Russia: Arctic 'extremely important' region to Russian security economy - Putin02:19

Russia: Arctic 'extremely important' region to Russian security economy - Putin

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 15, 2017 at 12:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Arctic was extremely important in terms of Russian security, speaking at his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday, in part because the flight time of US missiles from their submarines to Moscow is "just 15 minutes."

"I don't want to escalate the situation, but our specialists are aware that US submarines are stationed in northern Norway and it will take just 15 minutes for their missiles to hit Moscow. So, we need to understand what's going on there," Putin said.

"We need to provide protection and security in that area, border control. Also, the US land-based missile routes pass through this territory over the North Pole. That is why we need to know."

The Russian leader stressed that the Arctic would massively contribute to Russia's future development because by 2050, around 30 percent of hydrocarbons are expected to be produced in the region. "We have already started hydrocarbon extraction. This region is extremely important in economic terms. If the global warming trends continue, even despite such a cold weather in Moscow today, the navigation period in the Arctic region will increase," he explained.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Arctic was extremely important in terms of Russian security, speaking at his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday, in part because the flight time of US missiles from their submarines to Moscow is "just 15 minutes."

"I don't want to escalate the situation, but our specialists are aware that US submarines are stationed in northern Norway and it will take just 15 minutes for their missiles to hit Moscow. So, we need to understand what's going on there," Putin said.

"We need to provide protection and security in that area, border control. Also, the US land-based missile routes pass through this territory over the North Pole. That is why we need to know."

The Russian leader stressed that the Arctic would massively contribute to Russia's future development because by 2050, around 30 percent of hydrocarbons are expected to be produced in the region. "We have already started hydrocarbon extraction. This region is extremely important in economic terms. If the global warming trends continue, even despite such a cold weather in Moscow today, the navigation period in the Arctic region will increase," he explained.

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