After all, they could not miss an opportunity to lambast Barack Obama for his non-assertive strategy in the resource-rich region.
"Right now, the Russians are playing chess in the Arctic and our administration still seems to think it's tic-tac-toe," Senator Dan Sullivan said commenting on Moscow's reworked bid filed under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
However, Sullivan's comments (unlike Moscow's bid) have no legal basis. One can only wonder how a senator from America's only Arctic state could not be familiar with the issue.
No single country owns the North Pole and the surrounding region of the Arctic Ocean but five coastal nations, comprising Russia, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the US, have exclusive rights to marine resources up to 200 nautical miles offshore.
Having gathered ample scientific data, Russia re-submitted its revised bid to the United Nations on August 4, 2015. In this bid, Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometers (over 463,000 square miles) of Artic sea shelf extending more than 350 nautical miles from the shore.
The UN is expected to make its decision in early 2016. Meanwhile, a Twitter user living in Alaska offered Sullivan a sage piece of advice: "The Cold War is over Dan. Don't go backward. Form a positive relationship with Russia. Beats the hell outa killing people."