Weekend of Arctic Sabre-Rattling for Russia and Canada


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

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 news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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