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Published on Sep 20, 2010
Russia won't create an Arctic military force irrespective of any territorial disputes that may develop in the energy-rich region. That's according to the country's envoy to the eight-nation Arctic Council. Anton Vasilyev said that Russia does plan to strengthen security there, but the primary goal is to ensure safe navigation. The statement follows last week's breakthrough maritime border deal with Norway. Canada, meanwhile, said it's ready to challenge Russia in the race for the region's resources.