According to the latest development, it seems that Russia is getting ready for a possible war. Russia is increasing number of military units and personnel across bases located in Russia’s Arctic region.
A vast swathe of the frozen continent is now back under the Kremlin’s iron grip after six military bases received final delivery of troops, warplanes, ships and military vehicles.
Two S-400 missile systems – the same as those sent to defend Russian jets in Syria – have been deployed to Russia’s Arctic region north of the polar circle in the last year.
A source at the Russian General Staff of Armed Forces said the surface-to-air missile systems were deployed to the Novaya Zemlya archipelago and to the Yakutian port of Tiksi in the Arctic Ocean.
In the east, Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt, in Chukotka, are now fully prepared to launch strikes and facilitate active combat.
The bases are located just 300 miles from the US mainland.
Other bases in the west that are now fully equipped include Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land.
The base at Novaya Zemlya has been armed with P-800 Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles on 24-hour alert, defence officials said.
Sredny, on Severnaya Zemlya, and Kotelny, in the New Siberian Islands – both directly north of Russia – have also now reached full preparedness, according to Russia’s state news agency, TASS.
“Hundreds of Russian military servicemen” will be stationed at the bases in the new year, a military source said.
Russia’s Defence Ministry plans to construct or repair 13 military airfields and deploy 10 radar installations across the region.
Moscow has also revealed blueprints for a new army base on the disputed Kurile islands – some of which are situated less than 20 miles from Japan.
Vladimir Putin is already flexing his military muscles in Syria with air and sea bases and a bombing campaign that has decimated Islamic State (ISIS), also known as Daesh, strongholds.
The plans mean Moscow will have troops, warplanes and military vehicles stationed in all four corners of the Asian continent.
It will be seen by both Washington and Beijing as a direct challenge to military supremacy in the region.
The plans appear to have been completed more than two years early as the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in October that the Kremlin hoped to “completely finish the creation and arming of the entire Arctic grouping” by 2018.
Moscow hopes placing a military base so close to American shores would give Russia the edge in any conflict with the US.
Russia has conducted a number of military drills in the Arctic this year, and Moscow plans to create a network of naval facilities in the region for submarines and warships as part of the country’s military strategy up to 2020.
It already operates military bases across eastern Europe and central Asia, including in Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Vietnam.