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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Russians are coming?

This is coolbert:

Thanks here to Newsmax.

"Russian Warships to Patrol Arctic Again "

Monday, July 14, 2008 12:30 PM

"MOSCOW -- Russia announced Monday that it is sending warships to patrol Arctic waters for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union - - the latest move to increase the country's global military presence."

"Patrols by the Northern Fleet's Severomorsk submarine destroyer [an anti-submarine warfare vessel?] and Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser will begin Thursday"

"Russia began sending aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean Sea in December and resumed long-range bomber patrols in August."

"Moscow-based military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said security was not Russia's primary motivation in sending the Navy ships to the Arctic."

"'This is flag-waving and that's basically it,' Felgenhauer said. 'Sending a couple of patrol boats to the Arctic won't change anything.'"

NO, but read this and ponder - - "MacKay mocks Russia's '15th century' Arctic claim"

"'This isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say 'We're claiming this territory', said Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay."

The Canadians deploy the Canadian Rangers for sovereignty patrols [SOV PATS], and the Russians deploy warships. How much different from the 15th century is it? Maybe not so different after all?




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