Russia also is active in the Arctic, where, along with seven other countries — Canada, Denmark, Norway, the United States, Sweden, Finland — it is exploring mineral resources on the seabed.
"The Arctic is a Russian Mecca," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote via Twitter after a visit to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. According to BBC Mundo, this statement is a declaration of Russia's intention related to the region.
At least 25 percent of the world oil and gas reserves hidden under the icy water are concentrated in the Arctic.
Taking into account a constant snowmelt, Moscow is seeking to strengthen its position politically and economically in much more quiet region than the boiling Middle East.