Washington Times on March 14, 2014, reported that Russian bombers are now on a 24-hour patrol over the Arctic Ocean. The Tu-95MS strategic bombers took off from a far east Russian airfield and will refuel in flight after 12 hours. Excerpts below:

Russian Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev confirmed the flights with the nation’s state-run news agency, RIA.

The Arctic territories hold large amounts of oil and natural gas. The country that can cement its claim to the disputed territories will control its resources, which may be why the nation reactivated its Kotelny Island airfield in December. The military asset had been officially closed or 20 years, although its infrastructure was kept in place.


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