NATO does not want Arctic's militarization
Speaking at a video conference from Brussels, Rasmussen mentioned among these issues environmental protection, climate change and extraction of mineral resources in the Arctic.
The primary goal of the US plans to bolster missile defense in Alaska isn’t about tackling a North Korean threat, but putting a claim on the natural resources of the Arctic, former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon explained.
The Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, said that development and funding problems have forced the US to give up a key part of its Eastern European missile defense plan.
The priority will now be given to efforts aimed at preventing a possible North Korean nuclear attack, which would require adding 14 new interceptors to the 26 already placed in Alaska.
Former intelligence officer for MI5, Annie Machon, believes that the North Korean threat is just as unrealistic for the US as the one from Iran, with control over natural resources once again being Washington’s true aim.
"What we’re looking at – at this point – is North Korea being the ‘useful idiot’, a pretext for America to defend a resource-rich part of the world. When I was in MI5, the one thing we were always taught in terms of assessing the threat from any sort of source or a country: one – do they have the capability; two – do they have the intention. Now, of course, North Korea has very loudly said that they have the intention to try and attack America, but certainly doesn’t have the capability at this point."
"We all know that Iran isn’t a real threat to America’s interests. So, it’s interesting now that the focus is moving to an overtly aggressive, but very small and incapable country away from Iran. I hope it’s not a feint to make people stop watching Iran, stop watching the US government’s lies trying to find as excuse to attack Iran."
"North Korea is a patsy, used to put up this new missile defense in Alaska. And the key part is that there’s been this covert war to control the diminishing resources of the world, which is waged across continents – between, certainly, the US and China over the last decade. And what we’re looking at now is, I think, a very careful geopolitical strategy to control and put bases in Alaska because anyone, who has Alaska can control the Arctic area. And, as the arctic area melts more quickly, more countries are going to fight for the resource-rich area as the ice recedes. America, by having these defenses in Alaska, will be very well-placed to protect its economic interest in that area."
Areas of instability are widening throughout the world, Mr. Putin said, pointing out that the Middle East and Central Asia have been flaring up with armed military conflicts, while Russia is striving to stop extremism from spilling over into neighbour regions.
“Meanwhile, the stability of power balance has been put to test, with the US launching the second phase of Europe’s missile shield deployment, the NATO mulling its expansion eastwards, and some countries planning to militarize the Arctic,” the Russian leader said.
He stressed all of the above could potentially affect what Russia judges to be its security interests and therefore defines its immediate priorities.
Recently, the countries of the so-called “Arctic Five” confirmed again that they would not accept new members into their “club”. “The Arctic Five” are a group of countries that officially possess territories in the Arctic Ocean where natural resources can be found. Namely, they are Russia, the US, Canada, Denmark and Norway.
At an “Arctic Summit”, which recently took place in Oslo, representatives of these 5 countries practically unanimously said that nearly all the natural resources, that have been so far discovered in the Arctic regions, are located on territories that officially belong to these 5 countries, and this should not be revised.
In 2009, the US Geological Survey estimated that about 13% of the world’s deposits of oil are located in the Arctic. In fact, this estimation was rather approximate, because it was based not only on already recorded facts, but on suppositions as well. However, this news encouraged several countries, including those that seem to have little to do with the Arctic, claim their alleged rights for the Arctic’s natural riches.
Voice of Russia, Interfax, RT