Defence & Security News - Russia
|Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:26 AM|
|Russia started building military base and delivering military equipment in Arctic|
Modular blocks used for the construction of Russia's military base in the Arctic have been delivered to Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev, head of the Russian Eastern Military District’s press service, said Monday, September 8. The facility, to be constructed in two months, will include two administrative buildings as well as accommodation, said Russian Eastern Military District spokesman Alexander Gordeev as saying.
Modular blocks used for the construction of Russia's military base in the Arctic have been delivered to Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt
“The modular blocks for the construction of military stations have been delivered to Wrangel Island and to Cape Schmidt. The complex will be assembled in the form of a star that allows the personnel to move freely inside the construction, limiting exposure to cold temperatures as much as possible,” Gordeyev told journalists.
Two 34-modular administrative-residential complexes will be assembled within two months to support the activities of the Eastern Military District’s Arctic group.
The complex consists of residential, utility and administrative units. It has a gym, a sauna and a psychological relaxation room.
According to Ria Novosti, the Russian Defense Ministry will also complete the delivery of necessary material supplies, including equipment and weapons, for troops in the Arctic before the end of September, Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Dmitry Bulgakov told journalists Monday. "The Defense Ministry will complete the northern delivery for a force grouping in the Arctic by the end of September," Gen. Bulgakov said.
"At the moment... supplies of fuel, oil and lubricants, including boiler oil, food, clothing and medical property, have already been prepared for a year and a half in places where the troops are stationed," Bulgakov said. As for the equipment, he did not specify the whole list but noted that it "meets all requirements for cross-country capacity and is operable in extremely low temperatures."
Talking about the living conditions for soldiers and their families in the Arctic, the deputy defense minister said that special military camps are being constructed for them, so that the people would not have to go outside unless absolutely necessary. "Housing and office accommodation, dining-rooms, baths and gyms –everything will be constructed in a single building," Bulgakov said.
Russia intends to strengthen its position in the Arctic on all fronts: military, political, financial and economic. In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a new public authority to implement Russian Federation policy in the Arctic.