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Russia to Complete Construction of the Arctic, Kuril Military Bases in 2016

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The Russian Defense Ministry plans to complete the construction of its military facilities in the Arctic.

The discovery of nine new islands near Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic has increased Russia’s territory by 10 square kilometers, said Igor Naumov, the head of the Russian Navy’s hydrographic service, following the result of a Northern Fleet Arctic expedition, Russian newspaper Vzglyad reported. - Sputnik International
Russia Increases by ‘Five Monacos’ After Discovery of New Arctic Islands
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Defense Ministry plans on completing the construction of its military facilities on the islands of the Arctic as well as the creation of the infrastructure on the Kuril Islands in the Far East by the end of 2016, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

“In general, everything needs to be completed in regard to the islands. Further we will move on to the second stage of constructing our bases in the Arctic,” Shoigu said during a meeting.

In December, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Russia would complete the construction of 440 military facilities in the Arctic by the end of 2015 and approximately another 400 in 2016.

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