Antarctica-Arctic

Russia’s Arctic Presence Represents “Strategic Challenge” for NATO, Says Stoltenberg
Antarctica-Arctic

Russia’s Arctic Presence Represents “Strategic Challenge” for NATO, Says Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's presence in the Arctic represents a "strategic challenge" for NATO and that the country is using the region to test new weapons. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned this Friday that Russia's increased presence in the Arctic represents a "strategic challenge" for the Atlantic Alliance. Jens Stoltenberg was speaking at Cold Lake Air Force Base, in northwest Canada, where the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) fighters responsible for patrolling the Arctic are based. At the end of a three-day visit to Canada, the head of the Atlantic Alliance stressed that the shortest path for Russian missiles and bombers to reach Western Europe is through the Arctic region. In addition, Stoltenberg explained that Russia is using the Arctic to tes...
US accuses UK of exploiting Russia tensions to fish highly prized species
Antarctica-Arctic

US accuses UK of exploiting Russia tensions to fish highly prized species

After Russia rejected agreed catch limits, Britain unilaterally licensed boats to hunt toothfish near Antarctica – a move the US says breaches international rules. A diplomatic row has broken out between the UK and the US over efforts to conserve a deepwater species of fish near Antarctica, as Russia obstructs attempts to set catch limits. Last year, amid tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia rejected catch limits for Patagonia toothfish – also known as Chilean seabass – set by a 26-member fishing regulatory body, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). This spring, the UK responded by issuing licences to four British flagged vessels to fish for the species off the coast of South Georgia, a remote uninhabited island controlled by ...