Weekend of Arctic Sabre-Rattling for Russia and Canada

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A C-17 military transport plane in Thule, Greenland. Photo by Levon Sevunts.Arctic sovereignty was the big issue in circumpolar news this weekend.

Russia announced it’s planning to send two army brigades to the Russian Far North to protect its interests.

Murmansk and Archangelsk, cities in northwest Russia, are possible locations. Both the Wall Street Journal and the UK’s Daily Mail have detailed reports on the announcement.

Meanwhile, Canadian national defence minister Peter MacKay announced that more than 1,000 troops will take part in Operation Nanook, a month-long military exercise to be carried out in the Canadian Arctic this summer.

Read a full report in the Globe and Mail here.

What do you think? How long before an announcment from Denmark?

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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