The icebreaker, on which the Russian polar explorers traveled to the Arctic to set up a new drifting station SP-40. (RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina)
A united system of naval bases for ships and next-generation submarines will be created in the Arctic to defend Russia’s interests in the region, President Vladimir Putin said. He urged the government to provide full state funding for the socio-economic development of the Russian Arctic through 2017-20. Putin said that a separate state agency should be created to implement Russian policy in the Arctic and to improve the quality of governance and decision-making in this area. “We do not need a bulky bureaucratic body, but a flexible operational structure, which will help better coordinate the activities of ministries and departments, regions and businesses,” he said. More