Dmitriy Rogozin is appointed senior on the Russian Arctic
14:30 6 февраля 2015
Категории: News in English
A separate governmental commission headed by the defense Deputy Prime Minister Dmitriy Rogozin will be busy with management and development of the Russian Arctic, as it is informed on the portal nr.news-republic.com.
The issue of creation of a separate structure for solving of problems of the Arctic is being discussed during half a year. The first messages about plans on creation of the Ministry for affairs of the Arctic appeared last July. Different possible formats of such structure were discussed after that. In December the head of the Ministry for nature Sergey Donskoy declared that the issue of creation of the federal department on the Arctic was on the stage of preliminary discussions, and it would be the federal agency – in other words not a full-scale ministry but a coordinating body.
The decree about creation of the commission was signed, Dmitriy Rogozin was appointed its head, and the government should define the staff of the new structure during a month. Choice for the commission is connected with so that in present economic conditions format of a ministry is just impossible for fulfillment, the budget cannot bear this burden.
During the latest years Russia started active economic development of its northern territories, including hydrocarbon extraction and also development of the Northern Sea Route that in big degree is becoming an alternative to traditional routes from Europe to Asia. The whole complex of measures is directed to protection of Russian interests in the Arctic, including military, if to take into consideration growing attention to the region from the side of countries-members of NATO.
In April of 2014 the President of Russia announced about creation of the unified system of deployment of surface ships and submarines of a new generation in the Russian part of the Arctic. According to his words, also reliability of protection of the Russian frontier in the Arctic will be increased, including by means of strengthening of a maritime component of the frontier groups.