14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 15 You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.
Russia is building and reconstructing 10 military airfields in the Arctic, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.
By making this move, the country aims to ensure its military security in the region. Russia’s Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) is currently developing infrastructure facilities on military bases and garrisons in the Far North, Far East and Siberia for 20,000 service members, their families and civilians working for the Ministry of Defense.
The Ministry’s representative told reporters that more than 100,000 metric tons of physical resources will be transported to remote military reservations in 2016. They will be used for over 150 items, including lighthouses, islands and military bases.
The representative noted that the summer months are most convenient for the transportation of all kinds of supplies to remote territories, and that the plan is to take advantage of these favorable weather conditions.
As a major Arctic country, Russia is keen on strengthening its military presence in the region. Its ‘North’ multiservice strategic command was founded in 2014 for coordinating the Defense Ministry’s actions in the northern territories.
Four Russian airfields in the Arctic are already operational. Apart from building new airfields, the country has started to reconstruct a number of objects that were abandoned in the 90s after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
The program to improve Russia’s military defense network in the Arctic will continue through 2020.
Full article: Russia Boosts Arctic Military Presence, Builds Ten Airfields (Sputnik News)